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Goldmuseum Taipei - Metal Crafts Competition 2018.

Ikko Tanaka. Posters from Japan

Exhibition  /  27 Oct 2017  -  18 Feb 2018
Published: 26.10.2017
Ikko Tanaka. Print: Nihon Buyo, 1981. Offset print. Ikko Tanaka
Print: Nihon Buyo, 1981
Offset print
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Intro
A joint project of Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum and Neues Museum, Nuremberg. Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) is still considered one of Japan’s most influential graphic designers. He founded his studio in Tokyo in 1963 and a year later he took part in documenta 3.

Artist list

Ikko Tanaka
His diverse oeuvre ranges from book designs and typographic experiments via art direction for companies like Seibu, Mazda and Shiseido, to logos and exhibition designs, through to the concept for no-name design store Muji. Outside Japan, he is best know for his posters, designed for theater and dance productions, exhibitions and other cultural events, social and environmental issues, but also for font foundries and fashion designers. The selection draws a distilled picture of the manifold aspects in Ikko Tanaka’s poster oeuvre.
 
His style can be described as forceful and clear, expressive and harmonious, boldly abstract and sublime, deceptively simple. A fresh take on Japanese aesthetics is clearly identifiable, as are western sources of inspiration, including the Bauhaus. East meets West, as one of his books about Issey Miyake was titled, also applied to the activities of Ikko Tanaka, who always saw himself as a mediator between Japanese culture and the west.
 
Kindly supported by DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, Tokyo
 
Parallel to this presentation – from October 27, 2017 to February 18, 2018 – Neues Museum is staging the exhibition ON THE ART OF BUILDING A TEAHOUSE. EXCURSIONS INTO JAPANESE AESTHETICS, which also includes several loans from the collection of Die Neue Sammlung.

Activities

Introduction: December 7, 2017, 18:00 
Dr. Corinna Rösner, Die Neue Sammlung 
Dr. Mariko Takagi, associate professor, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto
Ikko Tanaka. Print: Butoh Kaden (Butho Dance of the Flowering Spirit), 1996. Offset print. Ikko Tanaka
Print: Butoh Kaden (Butho Dance of the Flowering Spirit), 1996
Offset print
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Ikko Tanaka. Print: Hiroshima Appeals, 1988. Offset print. Ikko Tanaka
Print: Hiroshima Appeals, 1988
Offset print
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Ikko Tanaka. Print: In Search of Elegance, 1996. Offset print. Ikko Tanaka
Print: In Search of Elegance, 1996
Offset print
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Ikko Tanaka. Print: Issey Miyake, 1996. Offset print. Photo by: Irving Penn. Ikko Tanaka
Print: Issey Miyake, 1996
Offset print
Photo by: Irving Penn
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