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EXOTIC X MODERN: French Art Deco and inspiration from afar

EXOTIC X MODERN: French Art Deco and inspiration from afar

In a nutshell

This exhibition, through a collection of 85 objects, explores the influence of the exotic on the modern Art Deco movement in France. Prints (posters), sculptures, jewelry, clothing, photographs, paintings, and decorative objects are presented to demonstrate the influence of “exotic” foreign lands in Africa and Asia on Art Deco design. Highlights include lacquer pieces by Jean Dunand and sculptures by François Pompon.

The venue

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is located at Prince Asaka’s former residence and grounds. The exhibition continues in the annex.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

All of the information is in English.


Photos are allowed.

The feels

It is interesting to learn more about the events and interests that influenced Art Deco in France.


The museum does an excellent job presenting different types of exhibitions, which allows visitors to appreciate the building itself in different ways. This exhibition highlights the use of the exotic in Art Deco, which augments the beauty of the residence.

How far out?

A five minute walk from the Meguro metro station. Go out the main exit and follow the museum signs along Meguro Dori. Google Maps’ directions are not the most direct and don’t take you to the museum entrance.

How much time?

45 minutes to an hour.

How much money?

¥1,200 for general admission.

Until when?

January 14, 2019

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art

Worth seeing if you have some free time.



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