The Lady and the Unicorn

For this meetup, we are going to check out "The Lady and the Unicorn," an exhibition of French Medieval art which will start on April 24th at the National Art Center, Tokyo.  The exhibition will showcase about 40 selected works from the collection of  the Musée de Cluny (Musée du Moyen-Âge) in Paris, featuring a series of six tapestries called the Lady and the Unicorn.

The Lady and the Unicorn is often considered to be one of the greatest European art works from the middle age. "Five of the tapestries are commonly interpreted as depicting the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch. The sixth displays the words "À mon seul désir". The tapestry's meaning is obscure, but has been interpreted as representing love or understanding. Each of the six tapestries depicts a noble lady with the unicorn on her left and a lion on her right; some include a monkey in the scene."  (from Wikipedia)

This will be the first time the Lady and the Unicorn is ever exhibited in Japan.  We should not miss this rare opportunity to see the beautiful masterpiece in person.  Let's go to the National Art Center to greet the Medieval Lady.


Location: The National Art Center (Access Info)
Exhibition to see:
The Lady and the Unicorn
Meeting Time: 04:30PM (16:30)
Meeting Spot: Around the entrance of the exhibition room 2E
Museum Admission Fee: ¥1,500

The Official Website of the Exhibition (Japanese)

Chat session after the show
As usual, let's have a chat session at the end of the event. When we meet up before the exhibition, let's decide where we go after the show.

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  • Mich

    Thank you Tatsuya! Hope to see u all in the next museum meetups to come.

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for organising this meet-up. I learned the flora and fauna in Europe :-) The details of the tapestries were amazing.

    April 29, 2013

  • Reiko

    The six tapestries were quite big, powerful and beautiful. So impressive. Thank you, Tatsuya-san!

    April 28, 2013

  • Jack

    Thanks for organizing this! It was really a great exhibition and not crowded at all. It was nice to be able to study these works of art without being crushed in a scrum of babas and oyajis! I just wish I had researched the tapestries before I visited so that I could have appreciated the hidden meanings more.

    April 28, 2013

  • Noriko N.

    I'm sorry.
    I would like to go but I've not recovered a headache yet.
    So I cancel. Please enjoy the exhibition.

    April 27, 2013

  • Hiro Y.

    Thanks for someone to put me into the spot at the last moment, but I already made my my plan to go Hara Museum and Suntory Museum today! So I pass this to someone else right now. Please fill in the spot!

    April 27, 2013

  • Rieko

    So sorry...I cant.

    April 27, 2013

  • Momo

    finally i could get spot but this time i can't make it. I'm so sorry.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've seen it in Musée de Cluny, in Paris, many times.. Well worth it. I will probably go while it's here in Tokyo anyway.

    April 18, 2013

  • Kayoko

    Sorry but my availability is changed. I hope I can attend another eevnt.

    April 16, 2013

  • masu

    Can't wait to see these tapestries with my own eyes!

    April 15, 2013

  • Jack

    Oh boy! I love unicorns!!!!! :)

    1 · April 15, 2013

    • Esther M.

      You're like a deep pond full of cute surprises :-P

      1 · April 15, 2013

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