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Art Deco In Residence

Art Deco In Residence:
Looking at Architecture 2015 + Art Deco Collectors

Saturday, July 18 – Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Venue: Main building + Gallery 1, 2, Annex

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum of Art presents the 'Art Deco In Residence' Exhibition as part of its seasonal public programme.
The exhibition is comprised of two sub-exhibitions: 'Looking at Architecture 2015' where the audience is invited to take a closer look at the museum building itself, and 'Art Deco Collectors', which showcases a variety of reputed Art Deco works accumulated by art collectors.

The 'Looking at Architecture 2015' Exhibition explores the former Prince Asaka residence itself, delving into its considerable charm as a cultural heritage site. Using the original furniture and fixtures designed especially to coordinate with the interior décor, we recreate the atmosphere of the building at the time of its completion. The exhibition also looks back at the various attempts to preserve and restore the building that have taken place to date. In this way, we delve into the building's historical significance, which has led to its designation as an Important Cultural Property, and consider the question of passing on this legacy to successive generations.

The 'Art Deco Collectors' Exhibition held simultaneously introduces individual collectors with a particular interest in Art Deco. Through looking at precious items in their collections not usually exposed to the public eye, and hearing these experts' personal impressions about the work, visitors are given the chance to discover a new side to Art Deco which remains as captivating today as ever.

Concerning the Former Residence of Prince Asaka's Designation as an Important Cultural Property
As declared in the report from the Friday 15 May 2015 Meeting of the Cultural Property Division of the Council for Cultural Affairs, the Former Residence of Prince Asaka has been officially designated as an Important Cultural Property (in the "Building" category). The building was completed in 1933 as the main residence of Prince Asaka. Following the Second World War, it was used as a public residence for foreign ambassadors and for receiving visitors, and from 1983 on, has been put to use as an art museum. The building itself has remained mostly unchanged in the 80 years since its completion, and, thus preserved in close to its original state, is highly esteemed as one of the most formidable examples of residential architectural design from the Takumiryo (Bureau of Skilled Artisans) of the Kunaisho (Imperial Household Ministry).

〇 Sections of the building designated as Important Cultural Property
The Former Residence of Prince Asaka:
Four-wing building with a single foundation.
Main Building; Tearoom; Warehouse; Garage; Entrance Gate; Site.

Visiting Information


Saturday, July 18 – Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Main building + Gallery 1, 2, Annex


The second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (7/22, 8/12, 8/26, 9/9)
*However, the museum is open on Sep. 23 as a national holiday.

Opening Times:

10:00 – 18:00(Last Admission: 17:30)
*10:00-21:00 on Fridays


Adults: ¥800(¥400)
College and vocational students: ¥640(¥510)
Junior high and high school students, and seniors (65 and over): ¥400(¥320)

・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.


Tokyo University of the Arts, Okura Art China inc., Ise Foundation, Ohmura Art Museum, Laboratory All Fashion Art.


Toda Corporation

Concerning photography

  • 1.Photographs may only be taken on weekdays. Photography is prohibited for safety reasons on Saturdays and Sundays, when the museum is crowded.
    2. Photo taking is permitted only in the Main building.
    3. Security guards protect you and the artworks. Please respect their request.
    4. No flash, tripods, reflectors or selfie sticks.
    5. For non-commercial and private use only.
    6. When disclosing the photos, please be reminded not to infringe the other visitors' rights of publicity.

  • English Gallery Talk

    Sept. 4(Fri) from 15:00 onwards
    Venue: Guided tour of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
    *Free of charge to those with museum tickets, no need for reservations
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Page top: Great Hall Matsui photo studio Ca.1933
Top From Left: Great Hall Matsui photo studio Ca.1933, Anteroom Matsui photo studio Ca.1933, Front Entrance Hall
Middle From Left: Great Dining Hall, Veranda, South side of main Building
Bottom from Left: Coffee and tea set on a tray designed 1930 Ise Foundation, Au Bûcheron(Variation, blue and black) Adolphe Mouron Cassandre 1926 Ruki Matsumoto Collection, Galatee René Lalique 1924 Ohmura Art Museum, Fire-screen inwrought iron Edger Brandt 1920s Ise Foundation