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EXHIBITIONS

Architects/1933/ Shirokane:
Look at Art Deco Architecture

Dates: Saturday, November 22 - Thursday, December 25, 2014
Venue: Main building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum occupies a building that was constructed in 1933 as the main residence of the Prince Asaka family. Highly acclaimed by experts in Japan and abroad as a fine example of the Art Deco architecture that was popular worldwide in the 1920s and 30s, the building has been designated a tangible cultural property by the city of Tokyo.
The characteristics of Art Deco architecture include a beautifully molded exterior façade as well as interior finishes and furniture designed specifically to match the space. At the reopening of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, we will introduce the original wallpaper as well as furniture normally not on exhibit, in addition to designs by the French interior decorator Henri Rapin and works by the glass designer René Lalique. 
To introduce the research and restoration work that has taken place during the three years of closure, the first exhibition after the opening of the renovated building will focus on the architects (designers and engineers) that worked on the Prince Asaka family residence and trace the story leading up to the birth of this building. We will also address the significance of bequeathing this historic building to posterity through an exhibition of the research and restoration work carried out by craftsmen who practice their skills in today’s world.

《正面外観》 (松井写真館/ 1933年頃)

Rei Naito: the emotion of belief

Dates: Saturday, November 22 - Thursday, December 25, 2014
Venue: Gallery 1, Annex + Main building

To see is to believe. Something is as it appears. To look is to project. And to realize that what you have gazed into, has also gazed quietly back into you.
Rei Naito's work is so very calm. Objects verging on the intangible, nascent color palettes, placed "just so" in space. The work breathes life into the space. In Naito's practice that at the verge of the imperceptible is nudged ever-so-slightly towards us, just enough for us to sense a change in its presence.
In this exhibition we see Rei Naito's latest sculptural and two-dimensional work in the 1930s Art Deco former residence and guest house with its patina of age and inhabitation, and the pristine new white cube exhibition space. We look to see, with bated breath we wait — but it's fleeting. Yet there is a sense of certainty. It is there gazing quietly at us. Disbelief is suspended. And this is a joy: rediscovering affirmation in the world.

REI NAITO| 1961-, Hiroshima
Gained prominence with One Place on the Earth for the Japanese Pavilion at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997. Permanent installations include Being Given (Kinza Art House Project on Naoshima, 2001), and Matrix (Teshima Museum of Art, 2010). Numerous exhibitions in Japan and overseas.

  • 内藤 礼 REI NAITO  ひと human 2014 木にアクリル絵の具 acrylic on wood Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama

    REI NAITO human
    2014 acrylic on wood
    Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama

  • 内藤 礼 REI NAITO  ひと human 2014 木にアクリル絵の具 acrylic on wood Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama

The 30th Anniversary of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Fantaisie Merveilleuse: Classicism in French Art Deco

Dates: Saturday, January 17 - Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Venue: Main building + Gallery 1, Annex

In the years between the twentieth century’s two world wars, even as cities were swiftly taking on a modern visage, many were developing a new interest in classicism based on Greek and Roman traditions.
It was not accidental that leading artists such as Picasso and Maurice Denis discovered new possibilities in classicism immediately after World War I. The architects, painters, sculptors, and decorative artists involved in monumental public structures such as the Palais de Chaillot, built for the International Exposition of 1937, and luxurious passenger liners such as the Île de France (1927) and the Normandie (1937), exploring Neo-Classical styles to suit their times, designed a world of the imagination. This exhibition will present about 80 works, principally from the collections of French museums, to introduce the little-known Art Deco world created by artists who include Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann (furniture design), Jean Dupas (painting), and Eugène-Robert Pougheon (painting).

Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Jacque-Émile Ruhlmann (1879-1933), Jean Théodore Dupas (1882-1964), Eugène-Robert Poughéon (1886-1955) etc

  • Eugène-Robert POUGHEON《Le Serpent》c. 1930 © Musée La Piscine (Roubaix), Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Arnaud Loubry / distributed by AMF

    Eugène-Robert POUGHEON《Le Serpent》c. 1930
    © Musée La Piscine (Roubaix), Dist. RMN-Grand Palais /
    Arnaud Loubry / distributed by AMF

  • acques-Émille RUHLMANN, Meuble《État d'angle》c.1922-1923 Jacques-Émille RUHLMANN, Meuble《État d'angle》c.1922-1923 ©Mobilier national / Isabelle Bideau

    Jacques-Émille RUHLMANN, Meuble《État d'angle》c.1922-1923
    ©Mobilier national / Isabelle Bideau

NEW PROGRAMS

  • Performance Program

    TTM: IGNITION BOX

    "A museum where new art and new ideas are born"
    Starting January 17, 2015

    In 2015 the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum launches TTM: IGNITION BOX. With this new program, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum becomes a nexus where film, music and media art intersect, showcasing the rich variety of artistic performances launched in Tokyo. Under the direction of four experts, all specialists renowned worldwide for their unique activities, dynamic, experimental works that cross-cut conventional genres will catch fire in the IGNITION BOX.

  • Learning Program

    Welcome to YOUR Museum

    "New opportunities for inspiring learning at TTM"
    Starting November 22, 2014

    We are starting a new program for visitors to discover ways of enjoying the museum.
    Please stop by the Welcome Room before entering the exhibition rooms or to relax after seeing the exhibitions. We will make tools available there to enhance your museum experience.
    We are developing workshops, gallery conversations to enrich appreciation while engaging in dialogs in the exhibition rooms, and programs to attract young children to the museum.
    Detailed information will be published on the museum website www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp in early November.

  • Other programs

    Former Prince Asaka Residence Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Concerts

    Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014/ Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014/ Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

    Following the restoration and renovation, the acclaimed Former Prince Asaka Residence Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Concerts are back. The Great Hall of the Former Prince Asaka Residence and other spaces unique to the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum become the venues for musical performances of outstanding quality.
    Tickets are available through e+

    Organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and Japan Arts Corporation.
    With planning from Asaka Tomohiko, support from Nippi Collagen Cosmetics, Ltd., and the cooperation of Chocolatier Erica Corporation.