"Tokyo in the 1930s and the Birth of Prince Asaka's Art Deco Residence" Exhibition

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum celebrates its 25th opening anniversary this year. For its 20th anniversary, it held the "Art Deco Style: Paris seen by Prince Asaka" exhibition, and this exhibition takes up where that one left off, focusing on 1930's Tokyo, when the Prince Asaka residence was constructed, a period of postwar reconstruction after the Great Kanto Earthquake. This was an era of much development in media and communications, transport, the modernization of lifestyles, and the rise of women into more important roles in society - in short, the beginning of modern life as we know it today.

On display are a wide variety of paintings, photographs, picture postcards and so on that captured the new face of Tokyo at the time, demonstrating the wealth of its urban life and culture. In addition, these items portray the architecture, daily products and goods, fashions and advertising designs of the 30s, showing the degree to which these "modern" Art Deco influences were accepted and absorbed into the life of Tokyo.

Also featured at this exhibition is the work of engineers from the Imperial Household Department, which was charged with the design of the Asaka residence. In particular, visitors can get a glimpse of the superb Japanese-style Art Deco idiom that is evident in the Teien building itself, as well as from the various architectural and archival materials on display. This exhibition is an attempt to cast light on how the former Prince Asaka residence was both unique and contemporary at the same time through a consideration of other ministerial and aristocratic residences of the 1930s in the context of the Imperial Household Department's role as caretaker of these marvelous buildings.

Also scheduled are talks, concerts and floor lectures. See website for more details.

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From 2008-10-25 To 2009-01-12
Closed for year-end holidays December 28th-January 3rd

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