Fendre l’air, l’art du bambou at Paris Musée du Quai Branly

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Fendre l’air, l’art du bambou at Paris Musée du Quai Branly is displayed from November 27, 2018 to April 7, 2019. Over 160 bamboo items will be showcased, works of generations of Japanese craftsmen.

From November 27, 2018 to April 7, 2019, the Musée du Quai Branly will offer the exhibition called “Fendre l’air, l’art du bambou” [Ripping through the air, the art of bamboo]. With 160 bamboo items from every period, the exhibition tells the story of this relatively art unknown in the West.

If a bamboo basket seems a basic element to us, Japanese elevated it to the tank of master piece in the early Meiji era, when the tea ceremonies became more important in the city’s life. How come? Tea ceremonies required floral arrangements in bamboo containers, as simple as this!

The art of Japanese bamboo basketry was born with more and more elaborate techniques in terms of bamboo fiber basketwork: boxes, vases, earthenware vases, lamps and decorative items, Japanese craftsmen manage to push the limits of physics with this material.

Still today, the art of bamboo lives on thanks to about a hundred artisans who create fascinating bamboo objects after years of training and practice.

For the “Fendre l’air, l’art du bambou” exhibition, the Musée du Quai Branly placed an order to 7 contemporary artists. Iizuka Rokansai (1890-1958), seen as the main reference in the Japanese basketry world, would be particularly given pride of place.

Laurent P.
Last updated on 27 November 2018

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Opening Time
From 27 November 2018 to 7 April 2019



    Quai Branly
    75007 Paris 7

    Métro ligne 9 station "Iéna", RER C station "Pont de l'Alma"

    tarif réduit: 9 €
    tarif plein: 12 €

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