“The Lustrous Colors of Art Deco” is the theme of this year’s Looking at Architecture exhibition, held annually to allow visitors to enjoy the beauty and charms of the Former Residence of Prince Asaka (now the main building of the Teien Art Museum), constructed in 1933. Previous themes have included the history, interior decoration, building materials, and various details of the building. This year focuses on colors, a key element of the interior design, as a way to introduce the rich palette of the Art Deco era.
During their stay in France, Prince Asaka and Princess Nobuko were fascinated by the beauty of the Art Deco style, and after returning to Japan, they actively incorporated the spirit of Art Deco into the construction of their own residence. The white of the plaster ceiling, the black of the lacquered columns, the metallic colors of the fittings, the natural hues of the wood and stone, the transparency of the various types of glass, and the lush greenery of the garden seen from the windows—the residence features a wide variety of colors that exude flamboyance and serenity, and continue to charm people even after 90 years.
This exhibition draws upon years of research and study to highlight the colors used in the Former Residence of Prince Asaka, and resurrects the atmosphere of the past by recreating living spaces, a highlight of the annual Looking at Architecture series. Paintings and books from the Art Deco period are exhibited in the galleries in the annex and provide an overview of the color palette popular at the time.
We hope that this exhibition will be an opportunity to enliven your mind with new colors.
Looking at Architecture 2021
The Lustrous Colors of Art Deco
Saturday, 24 April - Sunday 13 June, 2021
Closed every Monday except for May 3 (holiday), and Thursday, May 6.
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
10:00 - 18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)
|Middle & high school students||General¥500||Advance/Group¥400|
|Senior (65 and over)||General¥500||Advance/Group¥400|
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
With the co-sponsorship of
Top row from left：Henri Rapin, “Provencal paysage with two children on foot of mountain Sainte-Victoire,” c. 1920-1930; Salon, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum; Main Staircase, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Middle row from left：Prince’s Sitting Room, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Main Building; La Gazette du bon ton, 1924-25, edited by Lucien Vogel.
Bottom row from left：Front façade of the Main Building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum; Floor mosaic at the Main Entrance of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum; Chairs designed by André Groult, backrest painted by Marie Laurencin, made by Adolphe Chaneaux, ca. 1924
All works are in the collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.