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Emile Gallé – Nature & Symbol Visiting Information


Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, April 10, 2016


10AM 6PM

(Last admission: 17:30)
Main building + Gallery 1, Annex
Closed on 2nd &4th Wednesday
(Jan.27, Feb. 10, 24, Mar. 9, 23)
Exhibition admission
Admission Tickets
Adults Group
Adults ¥1,100 ¥880
University students(Vocational students) ¥880 ¥700
Middle & high school students ¥550 ¥440
65 and above ¥550 ¥440
Emile Gallé – Nature & Symbol Visiting Information Images

“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.

Exhibition Title
Emile Gallé – Nature & Symbol Visiting Information
Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, April 10, 2016
Closed on 2nd &4th Wednesday
Opening times
10:00 - 18:00
  • (Last admission: 17:30)
Exhibition admission
Adults ¥1,100 (¥880)
University students ¥880 (¥700)
Middle & high school students ¥550 (¥440)
65 and above ¥550 (¥440)
  1. 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+:

Organized by
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 annual co-sponsorship of
Toda Corporation