Exceptional exchange with Japan to promote innovation
The Foundations have helped set up an exchange program between Ecole Boulle and Tohoku University, a Japanese art school. Japan is an avant-garde setting for product design, architecture and packaging. The exchange is continuing this year with two additional trips to Japan: one to Umaji (Shikoku Island) giving students an opportunity to observe a cedar works up close – among other things – while the other takes students to Tokyo for cultural visits and encounters with university art students.
Teacher and student exchange with New York
In collaboration with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, an exchange program has been set up for students and teachers from Ecole Boulle and from the Art & Design Department at Pratt Institute in New York – one of the preeminent art schools in the United States, recognized for the quality of its interior design program. Students must revisit a “Palimpsest Scenography” to showcase the 20th century collections on display at the Decorative Arts Museum, with transparency as the principal theme.
The results of the team’s work will be featured during an exhibition in Paris. Discovering foreign worlds and learning traditions and techniques from far-off lands are indispensable to any program of humanistic education. Interaction, dialogue and respect for differences lie at the heart of this novel initiative. The quality of work produced by students who participate in these journeys attests to the strength of this partnership, prompting the Foundations to renew their support year after year. The close “Boulle – Rothschild” ties aim to enable artistic crafts and applied arts to flourish
in the contemporary world, both today and tomorrow.
> Tohoku University: http://www.tohoku.ac.jp/english/