The elaboration of decoration as art

Art Jan 9, 2018

The elaboration of decoration as art

by John L. Tran

In the setting of what is probably Tokyo's most stylishly decorated art museum, curator Kasumi Yamaki explains the theme of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum's latest exhibition "Decoration Never Dies, Anyway." "I've always wondered what the audience are thinking when they use the ...

Yasuyuki Namikawa: A master of cloisonne color and design

Art Feb 7, 2017

Yasuyuki Namikawa: A master of cloisonne color and design

by Mio Yamada

There are two ways that the skill of craftsmanship can be emphasized: by showing it off through masses of meticulous decorative details, or by stripping everything to the bare minimum and bringing into focus just a few perfectly executed qualities. Think of it as ...

The illuminating nature of Emile Galle

Art Mar 29, 2016

The illuminating nature of Emile Galle

by C.B. Liddell

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum has always had a connection with French glassware. After all, almost the first thing you see as you enter through the front entrance is a set of glass-relief doors with an angel motif. These were created by the ...

Otto Kunzli's real 'statement jewelry'

Art Dec 1, 2015

Otto Kunzli's real 'statement jewelry'

by Mio Yamada

"Cozticteocuilatl is the Aztec term for gold and it literally translates into 'the yellow feces of the gods,' " says Swiss artist Otto Kunzli, who is standing before his work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. "It's the yellow poops of the gods," ...

How art deco stripped nudity of eroticism

Art Feb 12, 2015

How art deco stripped nudity of eroticism

by C.B. Liddell

When the Teien Museum of Art reopened late last year, after a period of refurbishment and expansion, the exhibition held was no real test for either the main building or the newly added annex. The art of Rei Naito was so minimalist that it ...