After three years of major renovation and restoration the visitors are left speechless as they see the beautiful transformation made at the Re-opening of the Teien Art Museum. Alongside the re-opening the artist Rei Nato artwork harmonises well with the various rooms of the building.
Subtly placed miniature “humans”
Rei Naito’s calm work greatly compliments the different rooms of both buildings. Naito’s practise, “that at the verge of the imperceptible is nudged ever-so-slightly towards us, just enough for us to sense a change in its presence.” The way in which she subtly places her miniature “humans” made from acrylic on wood, throughout the two buildings makes the viewers observation more acute. Her work guides the audience and makes one really take notice and experience different parts of the building.
Great skills of Japanese craftsmen led the restorations
The Teien Art Museum has two buildings: the Main building and the Annex building. The Main building which is the Former Prince Asaka Residence went through incredible renovations and restorations, thanks to the great skills of expert Japanese craftsmen. The building has been restored as closely as possible to its original state so that the audience has an authentic experience of brilliant Art Deco architecture.
White cube newly opened in the Annex building
The Annex building has been rebuilt into a new white cube exhibition space which will enhance the range of shows and programmes held. The two different style of buildings marry well together giving a fine balance between the old and the new.
Text and photographs by Anna Gonzalez Noguchi
Title: Rei Naito “The emotion of belief” at the Re-opening of
Date: Nov 22 – Dec 25, 2014
Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
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