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TOKYO

‘The Art of Bvlgari: 130 Years of Italian Masterpieces’

TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM

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Staff Writer

Sept. 8-Nov. 29

It’s been 130 years since the founding of Italian jewelry company Bvlgari and to help it celebrate the Tokyo National Museum is hosting a special exhibition on the history of the luxury brand.

The jeweler Sotirios Voulgaris (1857-1932) opened Bvlgari in Rome in 1884 and began producing antique-revival jewelry. It was during the 1960s that the younger Voulgaris generations decided to create the brand’s own aesthetic from a mixture of various cultures, including classical Greek and Roman styles, Italian Renaissance and 19th-century romantic silverwork.

Featuring roughly 250 important works drawn from both the company’s and private collections, this exhibition is the only opportunity visitors will get to see many of these luxury pieces.

Tokyo National Museum; 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ueno Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m., Sat., Sun., holidays in Sept. till 6 p.m.). ¥1,400. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.tnm.jp