Exhibition: DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945

DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945 s152
May 10–October 19, 2014
Seattle Asian Art Museum Tateuchi Galleries

Art Deco, a 20th-century style that came to worldwide prominence in the interwar period, left its mark on almost every medium of visual arts. Japanese artists, designers, and consumers cultivated their own version of Art Deco, which was perceived as modern and Western. This is the first exhibition outside Japan to focus on Japanese Art Deco from 1920 to 1945.

Presenting about 200 works from the collection of Robert and Mary Levenson of Florida—including sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, lacquerware, jewelry, textiles, furniture, and graphic ephemera—viewers are introduced to the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated designs that define Japan’s contribution to the Art Deco movement. Through these objects, the exhibition also demonstrates the social and cultural complexities particular to the interwar time period in Japan.

– Xiaojin Wu, Associate Curator for Japanese and Korean Art

Songbook for “Song of the Milky Way” from the film Milky Way, 1931, printed by Noguchi Tsurukichi, published by Shōchiku kinema gakufu shuppansha, color lithograph, inks and color on paper, 10 7/16 x 7 1/2 in., Courtesy of The Levenson Collection.

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