21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is pleased to announce the "Ikko Tanaka and Future/Past/East/West of Design" Exhibition starting from September 21.
Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002), one of Japan's most prominent figures in graphic design, was also an art director who focused on what he himself referred to as "the Future/Past/East/West of Design," as in carrying on tradition, looking into the future, and exchanging with countries to the East and West. Tanaka with his deep knowledge of Japanese civic culture such as Rimpa, Ukiyoe, and traditional performing arts, depicted these elements as visual expression in his modern creations.
This exhibition provides a colorful look into how his ideas expand and expressions find their landing space. The Exhibition Director for this show is Kazuko Koike, Creative Director, who has worked closely with Tanaka. We studied the vast numbers of works and documents left by the designer, positioning him as a promoter of visual expression unique to Japan, and introduce his work, mostly in the area of graphic design - the core of his artistic activities - along with original drawings, photographs, and other valuable archival materials. Through this, the exhibit will dive deeper into the life and work of Ikko Tanaka to explore how his ideas on design were executed and presented.
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