Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Teien Art Museum
|Location||5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Owner||Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture|
The museum is located in Minato ward, just east of Meguro Station. The Art Deco building, completed in 1933, has interiors designed by Henri Rapin and features decorative glass work by René Lalique.
The building was previously the residence of Prince Asaka Yasuhiko (1933–47) and his family. The prince, having studied at École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in France and who travelled to the United States in 1925, was greatly enamoured of the Art Deco movement and on his return to Japan commissioned the construction of his own private residence in this style. Although many of the interiors were designed according to plans submitted by Henri Rapin, the main architect of the building itself is credited as Gondo Yukichi of the Works Bureau of the Imperial Household Ministry.
In the post war period the building served as the official residence of Prime Minister (1947–50), and as a State Guest House (1950–74). The residence was first opened to the public as a museum in 1983. It is one of Japan's many museums which are supported by a prefectural government. Teien means Japanese garden and the museum is named so because the building is surrounded by a garden and sculptures.
After undergoing extensive renovation in 2013, the museum was re-opened in November 2014. The new museum annex, designed in collaboration with Hiroshi Sugimoto includes modern exhibition spaces, a cafe and museum shop.
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