A show of brilliant color combinations, unusual shapes and a creative use of materials, “Art as a Haven of Happiness” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum showcases the work of artists with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Free of any fixed ideas or concepts that often limit the definition of art, these are works created from instinct, often expressing the artists’ happiness and joy.

The 100 pieces on display — including paintings, sculptures and embroidery — were made at Atelier Element Present in Tokyo and Mie Prefecture, two art studios for people with Down syndrome, or at Shobu Gakuen in Kagoshima Prefecture, a rehabilitation facility for those with intellectual disabilities.

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