Benches of the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples: Human Imagination and Wildlife
In a nutshell
Almost 300 carved benches representing jaguars, rays, vultures, turtles, and many other animals are thoughtfully displayed on beautiful white discs. It is quite a contrast to see simplified animals carved out of single tree trunks from Brazil in the Art Deco splendor of the Prince Asaka residence.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is located at the former residence and grounds of Prince Asaka. The exhibition continues in the annex. Don’t miss the very comfortable white bean bags.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The exhibition handout is in Japanese only but the other information is in English.
Photos are allowed.
Learning about the history and use of the benches and the power and spirituality the animals represent is quite interesting.
Every visit to the Teien makes you appreciate the building itself in a different way. The artwork is appealing to animal lovers of all ages.
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?
30-45 minutes, more if you explore the garden.
How much money?
¥1,200 for general admission
September 17, 2018
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
See it if you’re in the area or have some free time.