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12 Stone Garden Curated by Naoto Fukasawa, Tokugo Uchida

A showcase of masterpieces

A Japanese garden of
meaningful objects

In this evocative exhibition imagined and designed by Naoto Fukasawa, visitors will discover the masterpieces of 12 Japanese National Living Treasures. These master artisans, whose traditional skills are prized in Japan as integral to its cultural heritage, have been selected with renowned museum director Tokugo Uchida. The artworks on display, including kimonos, an urushi lacquered harp and a bamboo flower basket, are simply yet reverentially displayed in the magnificent Palladian Refectory on 12 blocks shaped as stones. Short films provide an insight into the working processes of the masters who handcrafted these sometimes unassuming, but always exceptional pieces.

Meet the masters

The 12 National Living Treasures

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