The Musée National du Moyen Age, Musée de Cluny owned tapestry series, “The Lady and the Unicorn” is on exhibit from April 24th to July 15th at The National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo) and from July 27th to October 20th at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka). It is the first time for the six tapestry series to visit Japan.

“The Lady and the Unicorn” series is dated to the 16th century and is considered a preeminent example of art for European Medieval tapestry. Its visit to Japan is only its second time to leave home ground; its first visit abroad being 40 years ago to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the United States in 1974.

The exhibit showcases all of the six tapestries measuring to an impressive length of 22 meters in total. Created in a gorgeous mille-fleurs style, five of the tapestries represent the five human senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight, respectively. The remaining one is marked “My Only Desire” and is still under debate over what it depicts: love, intelligence, marriage, or some other to be desired?

In line with the special exhibit, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings tagged with artists in and out of Japan to offer time limited items created under the concept of the six masterpieces (April 17th to 23rd at Isetan Shinjuku Main Store, April 24th to 30th at Ginza Mitsukoshi). Dubbed “ART TRICOLORE”, the event invited Finnish design duo Ahonen & Lamberg, Francois Alary, enamel., RUMIX DESIGN STUDIO, Izuru Aminaka and more to design original goods including cut and sews, accessories, iPhone cases, etc. The time limited shop space recreated the world of “The Lady and The Unicorn”.

【Event Information】
The Lady and the Unicorn from the Musée de Cluny, Paris, France

Tokyo Exhibit
Date: April 24th (Wed) to July 15th (Mon, holiday)
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo (7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Time: 10am to 6pm, until 8pm on Fridays (admission ends 30 min before closing)

Osaka Exhibit
Date: July 27th (Sat) to Oct 20th (Sun)
Venue: The National Museum of Art, Osaka (4-2-55 Nakanoshima Kita-ku, Osaka)
Time: 10am to 5pm, until 7pm on Fridays (admission ends 30 min before closing)