‘Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design’ opens at Manchester Art Gallery

Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design will be presented at Manchester Art Gallery from 2 April - 31 May 2015. The exhibition combines historic pieces from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection with some of today’s most exciting international contemporary design to give fresh perspectives on historic East Asian craft and illustrate how traditional craft skills still inspire innovation. Displaying everything from Imperial treasures to modern minimalist furniture, Eastern Exchanges investigates the rich heritage of ceramics, metalwork, furniture, lacquer and textiles from Japan, China and Korea. Introduction by Curator Janet Boston, Curator of Collections Access, Manchester City Galleries: “The ceramics, metalwork, jade, silk and lacquer of East Asia, have been admired and imitated by the West since the late 1600s and many of today’s most exciting international designer

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