Vestigia Naturae exhibition features jewelry, objects and furniture from an imaginary world between Europe and Japan, at the crossroads of cultures and continents.
After “Retour d’expédition” presented in Paris in 2017, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts exhibited the works of Harumi Klossowska de Rola for a second
time. Vestigia Naturae features jewelry, objects and furniture from an imaginary world between Europe and Japan, at the crossroads of cultures and continents.
Kyoto University of Art & Design / Gaien Campus in Tokyo
1-7-15, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
The creatures in wood and gold that the public is invited to discover are the denizens of a poetical realm peopled by crocodiles and lions, fireflies and butterflies, monkeys and snakes. Art is the door through which Harumi explores this realm and gives it a narrative.
The artist combines materials with unique talent: gold, ebony, myrtle wood, cow horn, fire opals, diamonds, sapphires, garnets, amethysts, peridots and citrines. In her desire to embrace the world in its entirety, Harumi combines wild and delicate nature, mysterious and familiar beings, minuscule and immense creatures, motionless and moving animals.
The Vestigia Naturae exhibition is one of the events that mark the return of L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts to Tokyo. Since it was created in 2012 thanks to the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts has aimed to introduce the public to the world of jewelry through a program of courses and talks, publications (books and catalogues) and exhibitions. Located in Place Vendôme in Paris, the historic heart of fine jewelry, L’ÉCOLE regularly travels to America, the Middle East and Asia. Through its various activities it has already welcomed more than 30,000 students across the world!
The exhibition opened in Tokyo was entirely in keeping with L’ÉCOLE’s goals: to showcase the different facets of fine jewelry-making of the past and present, to contribute to sharing and spreading knowledge, and to convey emotion.