The Art Deco Garden: Exploring the Aesthetic Fruits of the Residence of Prince Asuka

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Until Dec 10


Pierre Turin, George Barbier, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Édouard Bénédictus, Anne-Marie Fontaine, Jean Dupas, René Lalique et al.
In 1933, the Asakamiya Residence (now the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum) was completed on the site of part of the imperial estate in Shirokane, Tokyo. The garden portion of the approximately 10,000 tsubo (approximately 1.2 acres) estate included a spacious lawn, Japanese garden, bonsai and flower gardens, and animals such as cranes and peacocks roaming about. The walls of the villa are decorated with scenes of forests and water-filled gardens with mountains in the distance.

This series of decorative paintings by Henri Lapin (1873-1939), a French decorative artist who decorated the main guest rooms, is not only the key to understanding the concept of the Asakamiya Residence but also a work that points out the relevance of garden art in France at the time. The paintings are key to deciphering the concept of the Asakamiya Residence.

At the Art Deco Exposition of 1925, which is said to have had a great influence on the decorative plans of the Asakamiya Palace, "garden art" was given importance as it was established as an independent exhibit category for the first time. Not only landscape architects, but also architects and decorative artists were concerned with how to "decorate" the "garden," and a variety of gardens were created around each pavilion and in the streets.

This exhibition focuses on the trends surrounding modern gardens in France during the interwar period, centering on the expositions, and introduces about 120 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, crafts, prints, photographs, and documents, that show how they were developed by incorporating elements of classicism, exoticism, and cubism. Through this exhibition, we aim to further deepen our understanding of the museum's architectural decoration and space itself.


Now in session

Sep 23 (Sat) 2023-Dec 10 (Sun) 2023 10 days left

Opening Hours Information

Open on October 9.
Closed on October 10.
FeeAdults ¥1400; University Students ¥1120; High School and Junior High School Students, Seniors 65 & Over ¥700; Persons with Disability Certificates + 2 Companions free.
Admission Free on October 1.
VenueTokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Location5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071
Access9 minute walk from exit 1 at Shirokanedai Station on the Toei Mita or Namboku line, 10 minute walk from the East exit of Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote line, 12 minute walk from the Main exit of Meguro Station on the Tokyu Meguro line.
Phone050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)
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