The often-overlooked pre–World War II period in Japan offers many surprising and refreshing discoveries, like the Japanese art deco movement that occurred between 1920 and ’45. While viewed as a Western style, the Japanese take on the sleek, cosmopolitan modernity seems even more ahead of its time. Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945 at Asian Art Museum explores the trend through paintings, prints, jewelry, fashion, sculptures, and more. Asian Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org

This article appeared in the May 2014 issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

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