The Asian Art Deco Alliance was founded by The Pangaea Society in 2016. The Alliance was created to stand up against the Eurocentric discourse on Art Deco. Together, we host conferences and dialogues to preserve and protect the tumultuous history of the 1930s.
What is Art Deco?
Art Deco is a style of architecture and design that began in France after the First World War and flourished around the world into the 1950’s. It’s the style of flappers and the hallmark of 1920’s decadence. But why is Art Deco so special? In short, because of its unique history, global reach and international appeal – this style can be seen all over the world, from New York and London to Shanghai, Manila, and Bombay.
Art Deco in Asia
While Art Deco traces many of its roots to Europe, its spread to Asia created some of the most spectacular examples of the style. Architects such as Robert Fan, Poy Gum Lee, and Dong Dayou built a genre that was both Asian and modern. From portholes to pagodas, ziggurats to zig-zags, Asian Art Deco draws on Art Deco themes, often with an Asian architectural vocabulary. Other buildings in Asia are great examples of traditional European Art Deco. Asian Art Deco now serves as physical evidence of the early 20th century. These impressive monuments from the past remind us of that politically tumultuous era, helping us understand not just the past, but also the present and the future.