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The 305th Exhibition Luminous Mandala: Book Designs of Kohei Sugiura

December 01, 2011 - December 24, 2011

Design: Kohei Sugiura + Atsushi Sato + Inka Shimbo
Design: Kohei Sugiura + Atsushi Sato + Inka Shimbo
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In December, ginza graphic gallery (ggg) features the exhibition gLuminous Mandala: Book Designs of Kohei Sugiura.h Throughout his career, graphic designer Kohei Sugiura has produced a diverse body of dramatic and innovative work that applies a sublimely Asian aesthetic to the techniques of Western design. Of all the media he has worked with, Sugiura has always reserved his greatest passion for book design. Treating the book as an open field for experimentation, he has infused all elements of the bookmaking process \ from text, ink and paper to printing and binding \ with a profound philosophical outlook, creating pioneering designs of exquisite craftsmanship that have influenced book designers the world over.

This exhibition focuses on three works that represent the apex of Sugiurafs vast book design oeuvre: gDen Shingon-in Ryokai Mandala: The Mandalas of the Two Worlds at the Kyoo Gokokuji in Kyoto,h gTibetan Mandalas \ The Ngor Collection,h and gVenus: Urania-Pandemos.h All three are limited-edition luxury works that highlight one of Sugiurafs most treasured motifs, the mandala. Augmenting the books themselves are panel displays and video works by the artist.

Viewers will find all five senses engaged as they enter the mandala universe of Kohei Sugiura \ a multidimensional world of book designs of unparalleled originality and beauty.


ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
11:00 am - 7:00 pm (until 6:00 pm on Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Free admission

Gallery Talk

December 16 (Fri.), 2011@@5:00|6:30pm
Speaker: Kohei Sugiura
Venue: ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
-Free admission
-Reservation required (seating capacity: 70)
*The acceptance of the gallery talk was finished. Many applications, thank you.

Kohei Sugiura

Kohei Sugiura is a graphic designer and Professor Emeritus of Kobe Design University. Born in Tokyo in 1932, he graduated in 1955 from Tokyo University of the Arts with a degree in architecture. He was a guest professor at Design College of Ulm, West Germany between 1964 and 1967, and a professor of visual information and design at Kobe Design University from 1989 to 2002. Since April 2010 he has served as Director of the Research Institute of Asian Design, Kobe Design University.

Related information

Vibrant Books: Methods and Philosophy of Kohei Sugiurafs Design
October 21 (Fri.) - December 17 (Sat.), 2011
Closed on Sundays and holidays
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (until 5:00 pm on Saturdays)
Free admission
Musashino Art University Museum & Library
1-736 Ogawa-cho, Kodaira-shi, Tokyo 187-8505@@