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TOSHIKO OKANOUE, Photo Collage : The Miracle of Silence

Toshiko Okanoue burst onto the art scene in the 1950s, when she came to the attention of Shuzo Takiguchi, the leader of the Surrealism movement in Japan. Through the medium of photo collage, she fully developed her incomparable artistic talent. Influenced by the Collage Novel of Max Ernst, her increasingly expressive works reflect a distinctly feminine sensibility. The raw materials Okanoue used for the works she created — foreign news magazines such as TIME and LIFE and fashion magazines such as Vogue — were a parting gift from the post-war Allied Forces. These fragments, mementos of the society and fashion which reflect the era, emerged as a major element in the creativity of this unique artist. In recent years, the world Okanoue presented has increasingly attracted attention; she now has an international reputation and is a major influence on contemporary collage artists.

This exhibition, centered around works of photo collage held in domestic and overseas, traces the story of Okanoue’s career.  Together with associated materials from the artist’s collection, we introduce the products of a unique sensibility which breathed fresh life into the era of post-war revival.


Visiting information


TOSHIKO OKANOUE, Photo Collage : The Miracle of Silence


Saturday, January 26 - Sunday, April 7, 2019


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


Second and fourth Thursdays
(February 13, 27 and March 13, 27)

Opening Times:

10:00 - 18:00 (Last admission: 17:30)
March 29, 30 and April 5, 6 opening until 20:00 (Last admission at 19:30)

Organized by

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum,
Tokyo Mtropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Cooperated by

The Third Gallery Aya

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+:

Programs and Events

  • Lecture

    Thursday, March 21, 2019  14:00-

    The Rose of Silence

    Kyoko Jimbo (Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum)

    *Japanese language only

  • Gallery Talk

    Friday, February 22, 2019  15:00-

    *Guide tour of the exhibition
    *Japanese language only

Top from left:Visit in Night, Collection of the National Musuem of Modern Art, Tokyo; Fantasy, Private collection; The Miracle of Silence, Collection of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum; A Rut, Collection of the Musuem of Art, Kochi

Bottom:View from Penitentiary, Collection of the Musuem of Fine Arts, Houston; Meeting, Collection of the Musuem of Fine Arts, Houston; Premonition, Collection of the Musuem of Art, Kochi; Aquarium, Collection of Tochigi Prefectural Musuem of Fine Arts; Mask, Private collection

Page top:Visit in Night, Collection of the National Musuem of Modern Art, Tokyo

All works above are ©Okanoue Toshiko