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Emile Gallé—Nature & Symbol

Emile Gallé—Nature & Symbol
Visiting Information


Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, April 10


Main building + Gallery 1, Annex


Closed on 2nd &4th Wednesday (Jan.27, Feb. 10, 24, Mar. 9, 23)

Opening Times:

10:00–18:00 (Last admission: 17:30)


Adults: ¥1100(¥880)
College and vocational students: ¥880(¥700)
Junior high and high school students, and seniors (65 and over): ¥550(¥440)

・Figures in parentheses are group admission fees (for groups of 20 or more).
・Admission is free for elementary and younger students and for middle school students residing or going to schools in Tokyo.
・Admission is free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor's Certificate.
・Admission is free for seniors (65 and above) on the third Wednesday of each month.
・Pre-purchased tickets are available online from e+:


Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, The Tokyo Shimbun

Under the auspices of:

Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon
Maison Franco-Japonaise
Association for Glass Art Studies, Japan

Special cooperation:

Kitazawa museum of art
Musée d’Orsay


Air France / KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

With the co-sponsorship of :

Toda Corporation

“Mon amour de la botanique vous expliquera bien des choses dans ma production.”
(My love of botany will explain you many things in my production.)

-From a letter from Emile Gallé to the art critic Emil Hannover

The Art Nouveau decorative style flourished in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century. Emile Gallé (1846-1904), one of the key figures in this movement, is famed for his use of flowers, insects, and other natural motifs. Gallé was active in three fields, ceramics, glass, and furniture, and was honored with the Grand Prix at the Paris Exposition in 1889 and 1900. Through his use of depictions of nature to represent abstract concepts, his creations are, more than decorative glass or pieces of furniture, sublime works of art that express a philosophical worldview.

Underlying Gallé's art was his passion for botany. In his garden, he employed expert gardeners to care for between 2,500 and 3,000 varieties of plants. Immersed in this wealth of natural beauty, he studied plants with meticulous care, paying close attention to their evolution and life cycles. In this exhibition, we display Gallé’s design sketches from the Musée d'Orsay collection, drawings that vividly express his direction to “Examine plants more closely!” With them, we display finished works by Gallé, creations that express the lifelong dedication of a man fascinated by plants to the close examination of their biology and symbolism.

Top from left: Petal-shaped Vase “Coquelicot”, 1900 (Dated 1900, Exhibited at the 1900 Paris World Exposition), Vase “Aegean Wallflower”, 1900, Long-necked Bottle “La Solanée” or “Aubergine “, 1900 (Dated 1900, Model exhibited at the 1900 Paris World Exposition), Saucer with Dragonflies, 1878-1889
Middle from left: Vase “Forest”, 1901-1904, Vase with Mushroom “Coprinus”, 1900-1904, Pine Cone-shaped Vase, “Pine Tree” (Pinus strobus L.), c. 1903, Octogonal Vase with Orchid (Cattleya) “Affection”, 1900 (Dated 1900, Model exhibited at the 1900 Paris World Exposition)
Bottom from left: Drawing, Design for the Petal-shaped Vase “Coquelicot”, c. 1900 <★>, Drawing, Design for a Cup and Saucer with Dragonflies, 1878-1889 <★>

Page top: Drawing, Design for the Petal-shaped Vase “Coquelicot”, c. 1900 <★>, Petal-shaped Vase “Coquelicot”, 1900 (Dated 1900, Exhibited at the 1900 Paris World Exposition)

All works except for ★: Kitazawa Museum of Art ★: Paris, musée d'Orsay, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Jean Bourgogne, 1986 ©RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski / distributed by AMF