'The Beauty of Mended Ceramics' at BachmannEckenstein in Basel, Switzerland

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Currently on display at BachmannEckenstein JapaneseArt in Basel, Switzerland is the exhibit "The Beauty of Mended Ceramics" featuring Kintsugi ("golden joinery"), the 15th and 16th century Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold. The Smithsonian's website has a good writeup of the technique, explaining that it became so popular that people deliberately broke their own pottery so could have it repaired "in the hope that kintsugi mends might increase their aesthetic and commercial value.". Through January 22nd, 2009.

—Raphael Brion

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