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The 317th Exhibition Shin Matsunaga Poster 100 Exhibition

January 09, 2013 - January 31, 2013

Design: Shin Matsunaga
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For its first exhibition of 2013, in January ginza graphic gallery (ggg) will host a showing of 100 poster works by Shin Matsunaga.

Shin Matsunaga stands among the great pioneers of Japanese design. Through the years he has always approached each task assigned to him with a totally fresh and open mind, and with his sharp vision and superlative sense of balance he has consistently resolved the challenging difficulties his clients have placed before him. His creative world has been described as having a radius of 3 meters, or possessing the aesthetic beauty of everyday life. As his design work for gScottieh brand tissues and Takara Shuzofs gCan Chu-Hih beverage illustrate, with his design genius applied to so many items familiar in everyday life, Mr. Matsunaga has changed Japanfs ambient environment dramatically, elevating it to a high plane of excellence.

For this exhibition at ggg, out of the myriad brilliant works Mr. Matsunaga has created in various genres of his craft, the focus of attention has been placed exclusively on his posters. The 100 posters featured have been personally selected by the artist for this occasion. They include numerous works of great beauty, simplicity and impact deeply reflecting Mr. Matsunagafs philosophy and approach to his art – including such historical masterpieces as his gPeace,h gJapanh and gHiroshima Appealsh posters.

We eagerly hope visitors will come to see the drama Mr. Matsunaga invariably creates between contemplative speculation and visual perception – posters embodying his unwavering creed that gthere is nothing simple in simplicity.h

In conjunction with the exhibition, a special edition of the gggBooks series dedicated to Shin Matsunaga is scheduled for publication.


ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03-3571-5206
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (until 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays)
Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

Shin Matsunaga

Mr. Matsunaga was born in Tokyo in 1940. After completing the design course at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music (now, Tokyo University of the Arts) in 1964, he initially worked in the advertising division of Shiseido Co., Ltd. In 1971 he founded Shin Matsunaga Design Inc. Mr. Matsunagafs creative activities center on graphic design, including posters, corporate identity (CI) planning and packaging, but also run a broad gamut from drawings and sculpture to monuments. His major works to date include: summer campaigns for Shiseido; a series of peace posters; total graphics for Sezon Museum of Art; CI planning for Benesse Corporation, Issey Miyake and The National Museum of Western Art; and package design for Scottie tissues, Can Chu-Hi beverage, Shiseido gunoh menfs cosmetics, and the French cigarette brand Gitanes (finishing 1st in an international competition).


Miho Takagi, ginza graphic gallery Tel: 03.3571.5206


BRONZE SUMMER^Shiseido^1969

SUN OIL^Shiseido^1971

JAPAN gBurn up Japan? Burn out, Japan?h
Japan Graphic Designers Association^2001

PEACE gLove, Peace, and Happinessh
Japan Graphic Designers Association^1986

Japan Graphic Designers Association^1989

Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation,
Japan Graphic Designers Association^2007

Scottie^Nippon Paper Crecia^2011