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Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design
39 rue Bouffard

Tramway : station Hôtel de Ville (lignes A & B) to 0,9 km
Bordeaux Hôtel de Ville - Mériadeck

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Exhibition "As movable as butterflies. Les chōchin du Japon" at Design and Decorative Art Museum

  • From 31/01/2019 until 19/05/2019


Theme : Creative arts/plastic arts


The madd-bordeaux devotes an exhibition to a lighting system that has been recognized as "traditional crafts" : the chōchin !

The madd-bordeaux devotes an exhibition to a lighting system that has become, over the centuries, the cultural identity of Japan and whose manufacture has been recognized as "traditional crafts" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. These are chō chin, these lanterns made of a bamboo structure covered with paper, that lightness seems to condemn to an ephemeral life. Through objects, prints, photographs and films borrowed from French and foreign institutions, the exhibition presents the manufacture of these objects, the evolution of their use, their place in Japanese mythology and rituals, and their adoption by designers since the 1950s.

"As movable as butterflies": it is in these words that the Japanese-born American artist Isamu Noguchi describes his Akari, a collection of more than one hundred luminaries designed from 1950 onwards. the famous maker of chōchin, Ozeki & Co in Gifu, Honshū Island. The akari (which means light and lightness in Japanese) meet a huge commercial success in the United States and then in Europe, and particularly in France. On the path opened by Noguchi, several designers have adopted the technique of making chōchin or have simply used washi paper as a structural element of the luminaries they have imagined. The exhibition will be punctuated by these multiple light variations.

The entire first floor of the Lalande Hotel is invested in this exhibition.

The rich woodwork of the hotels of Gascq and Dudevant offer a box of choice to present these objects, to appreciate their light and their materiality, and to emphasize their character of domestic objects.
Organized within the framework of "Japonismes 2018: Souls in Resonance", this exhibition concludes a rich series of events, celebrating the 160th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between France and Japan and the 150 years of the beginning of the era Meiji (1868-1912). Between July 2018 and February 2019, the event, which includes among others the Louvre Museum and the Confluences Museum in Lyon, aims to present the richness of Japanese culture through exhibitions and shows throughout France.


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Open days

  • From 31/01/2019 until 19/05/2019


  • Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design
    39 rue Bouffard
  • 33000 BORDEAUX

  • Bordeaux Hôtel de Ville - Mériadeck


  • madd@mairie-bordeaux.fr
  • +33 5 56 10 14 00

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  • CB