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RENÉ LALIQUE REMIX: In Search of Diverse Inspirations

From the end of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, René Lalique carved out a unique path as an artist. Transcending his nominal titles as jewelry maker and glass artisan, Lalique (1860-1945) drew on a bottomless well of inspiration throughout his life.

Lalique was born in the small village of Aÿ, located in France’s Champagne region, and his childhood familiarity with nature served as a rich source of inspiration.

Lalique honed his work while forging links with a wide range of artistic currents that emerged in France at the beginning of the 20th century. After cultivating his eye through careful observation of the natural world, Lalique was influenced by his experiences in England and Japanese art, revisited Greek and Roman mythology between World War I and II, developed a taste for the exotic, and explored new images of women among other things.

For example, the inspiration Lalique derived from ukiyo-e prints led him to create a pendent based on a photograph of a snowscape taken near his house in the suburbs of Paris, and a perfume bottle engraved with the visage of his late wife Alice, who had died in 1909, inside of a fern. Using his keenly observant eye and imaginative power to give new forms to exciting events in his surroundings and the wider world as well as his personal memories, Lalique made ornaments a familiar part of everyday life.

After switching from rare jewelry to glass works designed for a larger audience, Lalique showed the kind of relationship art and life could have in a rapidly changing society. This exhibition sheds light on how René Lalique, an artist with a focus on the acts of living and creating, viewed the world based on nature, and aspired to turn ornaments into an art.

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RENÉ LALIQUE REMIX: Searching for Inspiration in the times


Saturday, 26 June - Sunday 5 September, 2021

Closed every Mondays (except July 26, August 2, 9, 30), and August 10


Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel 050-5541-8600


10:00 - 18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)


  General Group
Adults General¥1,400 Advance/Group¥1,120
University students General¥1,120 Advance/Group¥890
Middle & high school students General¥700 Advance/Group¥560
Senior (65 and over) General¥700 Advance/Group¥560

・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 in or attending school in Tokyo.
・Admission is free for visitors (and two accompanying persons) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate.
・ Admission is free for teacher-led educational visits by Tokyo primary, junior high, and high school students. ・Admission is free for seniors (65 and above) on the third Wednesday of each month.
Suspended until further notice


Organized by

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

Supported by

Ambassade de France / Institut français du japon Institut français

With the co-sponsorship of

Toda Corporation,
Bloomberg L.P. Bloomberg

Exhibition design for Gallery1

Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture

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Top row from left:Plaque du Cou – Brooch Sylphide c.1900, Private Collection, Courtesy of Albion Art Jewellery Institute
Pendant Winter Landscape c.1898, Courtesy of Albion Art Jewellery Institute
Bracelet Veronica c.1900, Courtesy of Albion Art Jewellery Institute

Middle row from left:Perfume Bottle Ferns 1912, Kitazawa Museum of Art photo: Tetsuo Shimizu
Vase Oran 1927, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Cire Perdue Vase Eucalyptus 1923, Kitazawa Museum of Art photo: Tetsuo Shimizu
Night Light Two Peacocks 1920, Ohmura Art Museum

Bottom row from left:Decorative Panel Glassblower for the Door on the Peristyle at the “Cour des Metiers” 1925, Ohmura Art Museum
Vase Languedoc 1929, Galerie Orphée
Night Light Swallows, Body Tourbillions 1919, Galerie Orphée

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