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museum of decorative Arts and Design

musée des Arts décoratifs
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39 rue Bouffard,
33000 Bordeaux
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Timetable 11 am - 6 pm
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(open on July 14 and August 15)
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Makers of paper lanterns called “chochin » painting in the early 20th century <br/> &copy; New York Public Library - D.R.
Makers of paper lanterns called “chochin » painting in the early 20th century
©New York Public Library - D.R.
decorative arts, exhibition

As movable as butterflies. Les chōchin du Japon

from 31.01.2019
at 19h00
to 19.05.2019
at 18h00

Opening: Thursday, January 31, 7 pm

The madd-bordeaux is dedicating an exhibition to a type of lighting, which has become through history, part of the cultural identity of Japan, and whose production has been acknowledged "traditional craft" by the ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: the chōchin are those lanterns, composed of a bamboo structure covered by paper. Their lightness seems to condemn them to an ephemeral life. Through objects, engravings, photos and movies, lent by various French and foreign institutions, the exhibition presents the fabrication of these lanterns, the evolution of their use, their place in Japan mythology and rituals, and their adoption by designers since the 1950s.

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