This special exhibit explores how French artists and designers were influenced and inspired by African, Middle Eastern and Asian cultures and ideas in the period between the two world wars. Known as Art Deco, this style of visual arts is evident in a broad range of materials, from paintings to furniture, sculpture to fashion and jewelry. At that time, there was a growing interest in the African music, dance and art that were eagerly brought to France. The discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 also contributed to this fascination with non-Western cultures. There couldn't be a better venue for this show than the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, which is an Art Deco mansion built in 1933. The former residence of Prince Asaka, it is the perfect backdrop for more than 80 Art Deco pieces, most of which are shown in Japan for the very first time.
A 7 minute walk from Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote Line (East Exit) and the Tokyu Meguro Line (Main Gate).
A 6 minute walk from Shirokanedai Station (Exit 1) on the Toei Mita Line and Tokyo Metro.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.