Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels
    - High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts

Fuchsia clip, 1968, Patrick Gries © Van Cleef & Arpels Fuchsia clip, 1968
Patrick Gries © Van Cleef & Arpels

 Van Cleef & Arpels is world-renowned as a maker of high jewelry. This exhibition, focusing on fine Japanese and French craftsmanship, showcases beautiful works that are products of artistic mastery and also provide insight into the two countries’ cultures. The first section surveys currents in jewelry within the context of Van Cleef & Arpels’ history, from the company’s founding to the present day. This is followed by a comparison between high jewelry and highly accomplished Japanese works from the Meiji Period. The final section, a look at cultural fusion and the future, offers viewers a sumptuous look at artistic craftsmanship in contemporary Japan and France.

List of Works

Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels - High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts

Exhibition dates

April 29 (Sat.) – August 6 (Sun), 2017


Regular hours
9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Every Friday and Saturday
April 29 (Sat.) – June 30 (Fri.): 9:30AM–8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)
July 1 (Sat.) – August 5 (Sat.): 9:30AM–9:00PM (admission until 8:30PM)


Mondays, June 13 (Tue.) and July 18 (Tue.)
Exception: July 17 (Mon.)


The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Nikkei Inc.
The Kyoto Shimbun


Embassy of France
Institut Français

Special cooperation

Van Cleef & Arpels


  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1,500 1,300 1,300
University students 1,100 900 900
High school students 600 400 400

* Junior high school students or younger are free
* Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)
* Advance tickets are available between Feb. 27 - Apr. 28, 2017

Publicity materials

flyer (2MB)

Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels- High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts

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