Home to Hollywood and its promises of riches and fame, California is often considered the quintessential model of the American Dream. This exhibition, the first of its kind, takes an analytical approach to Californian modern design and how it influences American material culture.

Comprising around 250 works, the exhibition is divided into four sections — Shaping, Making, Living and Selling — that together offers visitors a mid-century Californian experience. Aimed at a wide audience, exhibits cover a vast range of genres, including fashion, photography, cars and even surfboards. In addition, there will be opportunities to view TV commercials and Hollywood movie scenes from the 1930s-’60s, as well as join supplementary lectures on related topics; till June 3.

The National Art Center, Tokyo; (03) 5777-8600; 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo; Nogizaka Station, Chiyoda Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed Tue. (except April 30) www.nact.jp/english/index.html.

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