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鹿島茂コレクション フランス絵本の世界

This exhibition represents the first public exhibition of picture books from the collection of Shigeru Kashima, a scholar of French literature.
Children’s books emerged in France in the middle of the 19th century. The editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel recognizing the talent of many authors and artists, gave life to literary masterpieces for children, such as Jules Verne’s `Voyages Extraordinaires` series. Under the pseudonym P.-J. Stahl, Hetzel himself published the `Mademoiselle Lili` series of books, which were modelled on his own daughter. Accompanied by charming illustrations drawn by Laurenz Frœlich, they became extremely popular.
From the end of the century until the Belle Époque, developments in colour lithography led to the production of picture books adorned with beautifully coloured illustrations. During the Golden Age of Art Deco, attractive and delicate illustrations by Mourice Boute de Monvel, modern picture books in the new Art Deco style by André Hellé, and work by the pioneer of cartoons and animation Benjamin Rabier, attained popularity.
The dawn of the 1930s saw the publication of picture books by Russian-born artist Natalie Parain and Jean de Brunhoff’s world-famous `Hisoire de Babar` series, which are amongst others that are still read to this day.
These works include a benevolent desire for the wholesome and healthy development of children as they grow up. Showcasing a world-class and valuable collection of picture books from the mid-19th century to the Art Deco period, this exhibition offers an introduction to the world of the Golden Age of French picture books.

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Visiting information


French Picture Books: Collection of Shigeru Kashima


Wednesday, March 21 – Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018


Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel +81(0)3 3443 0201


Closed on Mar.28, Apr.11 and 25, May.9 and 23

Opening Times:

10:00–18:00 (Last admission: 17:30)
Mar. 23, 24, 30, 31, Apr. 6, 7 opening until 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Organized by

Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture,
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Japan Association of Art Museums

With the sponsorship of

Lion Corporation
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
Nippon Television Network Corporation

Supported by

Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon

Cooperation with

NOEMA Inc. Japan

With the co-sponsorship of

Toda Cooperation


  General Advance/Group
Adults General¥900 Advance/Group¥720
College and vocational students General¥720 Advance/Group¥570
Junior high and high school students General¥450 Advance/Group¥360
Senior(65 and over) General¥450 Advance/Group¥360

・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+:

Photography OK !

but please be sure…

・Please be considerate of others when you take a photo.

・Please do not use flash, reflectors, unipod/tripod, selfie stick or telephoto lens with camera

・Security guards protect you and the artworks. Please respect their request.

・Please do not take a movie in the facility.

・For non-commercial and private use only

・When disclosing the photos, please be reminded not to infringe the other visitors' rights of publicity.

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