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The 20th DNP Archives of Graphic Design Inaugural Exhibition: Poster Graphics 1950-2000

September 23, 2000 - December 24, 2000

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The second half of the twentieth century was a period when graphic design developed in many ways. Japan created a wide range of works, both in quality and quantity, and is a world leader in the field. However, today most of these works are in danger of being lost. DNP Archives of Graphic Design was established by Dai Nippon Printing, which has been strenuously developing and promoting Japanese graphic design for many years, collecting and conserving the works in a structured and systematic manner. It also aims to look after this cultural property for the following generations.
This exhibition was opened as the anniversary of its establishment. Six artists were selected – Yusaku Kamekura, Yoshio Hayakawa, Kazumasa Nagai, Ikko Tanaka, Mitsuo Katsui, Shigeo Fukuda – from among the graphic designers who donated valuable works to the archive, whose aims they support: we are exhibiting approximately 140 of their representative poster works. These artists were leading figures, responsible for lifting our country's graphic design to an international level. The exhibition has also become an opportunity to illustrate the high quality of Japanese graphic design in the latter half of the twentieth century. In addition to inaugurating the anniversary posters of the DNP Archives of Graphic Design, which were created by the six graphic designers, there is also a lecture by design critic, Hiroshi Kashiwagi.