15 January 2020


Colourful Japan

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

– 2 February 2020



The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is exhibiting 226 poster works by Japanese graphic designers. The works on display span the years from 1937 to 2018 and thereby cover almost the entire history of Japanese poster design, which began only in the early 20th century. In contrast to its European or US counterparts, Japanese poster design is often more nuanced and indirect, be it commercial posters by Yūsaku Kamekura for Nikon or the anti-war poster Victory 1945 by Shigeo Fukuda. The use of the eponymous radiant colours is characteristic, turning the walls of the Stedelijk into a fascinating kaleidoscope. The exhibition is dedicated to the designer Shigeru Watano (1937–2012), whose collaboration with the museum has produced the largest collection of Japanese poster art in Europe with 800 specimens, including works by Hiroshi Ohchi, Kazumasa Nagai, Ikkō Tanaka, Mitsuo Katsui, U.G. Sato, Ken Miki and Eiko Ishioka.


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