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A New Layer is an exhibition by Matti Klenell, Stina Löfgren, Carina Seth Andersson, TAF Arkitektkontor through Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom which will be on stage in Stockholm from November 11 to February 8. The exhibition will show contemporary objects made with an ancient technique. Lacquer has been used in East Asia for over 7000 years and encompasses a variety of techniques and applications. The title A New Layer refers to how the lacquer is applied in several layers until the desired surface sheen occurs.

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Historically, China and Japan have been the prime regions for the development of the lacquer art form. Artisans have not only mastered a single method, but developed a variety of ways in which the coating is used, both as a functional and a decorative material, Matti Klenell says. Despite the long history of craftsmanship, it is not tied to tradition but is constantly changing.

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The project was initiated by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) when they in 2012 invited the participating designers to Taiwan.

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Taiwan is a geographical and cultural crossroads for China and Japan but also a region with influences from South East Asia and Polynesia, says Gabriella Gustafson. This variegated culture is visible in Taiwan’s own craft traditions and has significantly colored the material that appears in A New Layer.

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A New Layer takes place at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm from November 11 to February 8. Exhibition architecture by TAF Arkitektkontor and graphic design by Stina Löfgren.

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