Feb. 6-March 25

During the 1930s and ’40s, Tokyo’s Toshima Ward was a “village of ateliers,” where rows of houses had attached studios, and artists often gathered in the neighborhood to express their passion for art. The area was later nicknamed Ikebukuro Montparnasse, Tokyo’s version of the artistic hub in Paris.

Focusing on the importance of the atelier — where creative people spend so much of their time — this exhibition showcases videos and other works that introduce 10 artists and their creative processes, while highlighting aspects of life in the 1930s and ’40s.

Museum of Toshima City; IKE Biz 7F, 2-37-4 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo. Ikebukuro Stn. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Closed Mon., holidays, every 3rd Sun. 03-3980-3177; www.city.toshima.lg.jp/128/museumgroup-exhibition-h29-0.html

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