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The 318th Exhibition KARI PIIPPO Posters & Drawings - Simple, Strong and Sharp -

February 06, 2013 - February 28, 2013

Design by Kari Piippo
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Scandinavian design from countries such as Denmark and Finland has enjoyed a spot in the limelight in Japan for some time, appealing to its many fans as modern and refined yet not lacking in warmth. Nevertheless, it appears the true state of Finnish graphic design has yet to be fully conveyed.

One of Finlandfs foremost graphic designers, Kari Piippo, operates by the design philosophy that good posters are "simple, strong, and sharp," that nothing unnecessary is included and nothing essential left out. Piippo rarely talks about his works in public, yet his exceptionally pared-down expressions — only typography and the minimum necessary number of colors — speak volumes to viewers.

This exhibition focuses on the soul of Piippo's work — posters for theatrical productions and other cultural events — while also presenting a variety of his collected drawings. Each work offers an opportunity to appreciate the essence of design and may also suggest the Finnish landscape of lakes and forest.


ginza graphic gallery
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome@
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03.3571.5206
Opening hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm (until 6:00pm on Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Admission free

Gallery Talk

4:00 - 5:30pm Wednesday, February 6
Speaker: Kari Piippo
Venue: DNP Ginza Bldg. 3F
Free admission, Reservation required (seating capacity: 70)
For reservation, Click here (in Japanese only)

Live streaming on Ustream
Title: ggguKARI PIIPPO Posters & DrawingsvM[g[N
URL: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ggg-kari-piippo-posters-drawings

Kari Piippo

Born in Finland in 1945. Graduated in L67 from the School of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. Founded his own studio inL87. Specialized in illustration and poster design. Taught graphic design at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki L89 –L97 (Aalto University). Guest Professor at Tama Art University in Tokyo since L04. Honorary Professor, Communication University of China. Kari Piippo has been a jury member in many national and international competitions of poster design e.g. in Toyama, Warsaw, Lahti, Brno and Mexico. Exhibitions, lectures and workshops around the world. Solo exhibitions e.g. in ddd Gallery in Japan, USA, Germany, Turkey, Hungary and Ukraine. His major Finnish awards include Pro Finlandia Medal, The State Industrial Arts Award and Graphic Artist of the Year. In Best Finnish Graphic Design competition Platinum Award and four Gold Awards, several Best Finnish Poster Prizes. International awards include e.g. Gold in Mexico International Poster Biennial L90 and 2006, Icograda Excellence Award in ChaumontL90 and in Warsaw Poster Biennale 2010, Silver from Lahti IPBL91, 1st Prize in Rzeszow ITPB L93, 1st Prize in Colorado CIIPEL99, Grand Prix Ecoplakat Triennial, Slovakia 2000 and Grand Prix of Trnava Poster Triennial 2012, Slovakia. Kari Piippo is a member of AGI.


The Embassy of Finland, Tokyo


Azusa Ozawa, ginza graphic gallery Tel: 03.3571.5206