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TOSHIKO OKANOUE, Photo Collage : The Miracle of Silence

TOSHIKO OKANOUE, Photo Collage : The Miracle of Silence

In a nutshell

Toshiko Okanoue is known for her black and white photo collages, using images from print magazines. Influenced by Max Ernst and Shuzo Takiguchi, a Japanese Surrealist, her collages are truly surreal, often featuring women from fashion magazines placed in a variety of locations with unrealistic proportions. The exhibition also includes dressmaking patterns from her youth, photographs, source magazines and a few paintings. The museum has included several designer dresses (Dior, Balenciaga) from the Kyoto Costume Institute.

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)

The section information, list of works and the title cards are in English but the supplemental information is in Japanese only.


There is a photo spot with an enlarged copy of one collage. None of the works can be photographed.

The feels

The collages are strange (horses in a drawing room, out of proportion brides, etc.) and thought provoking, drawing the viewer in.


Anyone interested in surrealism or photo collages.

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 don’t lead to the museum entrance.

How much time?

30-45 minutes.

How much money?

¥900 for general admission.

Until when?

April 7, 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

See it if you’re a fan of surrealism.



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