The Looking at Architecture exhibition is being held again this year 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), completed in 1933. In prior years, the exhibition has explored themes related to various aspects of the building. This year’s installment focuses on rare books and periodicals from the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s.
Prince Asaka and Princess Nobuko became enamored with the beauty of Art Deco style while living in France during the peak of the movement. When they decided to construct their own residence in Shirokane after their return to Japan, they commissioned the French interior decorator Henri Rapin to design the interiors of the main rooms, and other designers such as René Lalique to participate in the project, incorporating Art Deco design elements imported directly from France. The residence has been converted into a museum with only minimal modifications to the interior, and retains much of the ambiance of when it was completed.
Considering this background, the museum has assembled a collection of books and magazines on French decorative arts, as well as documents related to the Art Deco Exposition of 1925. This exhibition is organized around rare books dating to the period of the Art Deco movement in the museum's collection, which are displayed in both the main building and annex. The museum will introduce the rich decoration of the Art Deco world through encounters with rare publications from this period, such as photo collections of ornate show windows, magazine issues devoted to the exposition or interior designs, and picture books illustrated with vivid colors.
In the museum's main building, visitors can also experience the residential space recreated with old furniture and furnishings and with the curtains opened to let in natural light. We invite you to take in the architecture and interior design while imagining the residence’s original atmosphere.
Looking at Architecture 2022
Encounters with Art Deco Books
Saturday, 23 April －Sunday, 12 June, 2022
Closed every Monday
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Main Building & Annex
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：Ensembles Mobiliers, 1926 (Collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum)
Annual book of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts , 1924. (Collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Storeroom of the main building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Middle row from left：Wall painting in the salon of the main building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Encyclopedia of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in the 20th Century, 1927(Collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum)
Anteroom The “Perfume Tower” Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Bottom row from left：Mantelpiece decoration in Salon, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum； South-facing rooftop, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum； Salon, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum； Handrail decoration on the Second Staircase, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
All works are in the collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.