Exhibition information

The 71st DNP Graphic Design Archive Collection VII: Shin Matsunaga Posters

March 01, 2017 - June 11, 2017

Design: Shin Matsunaga
Design: Shin Matsunaga

Shin Matsunaga is one of Japan’s leading contemporary graphic designers. Embracing a creed that “everything in our lives involves design,” through the years he has cast a sharp critical eye on all ambient design, defied stereotypes, and completely recast the design environment around us. Matsunaga’s works are said to possess “the aesthetic beauty of everyday life,” yet at the same time their universality transcending everyday parameters brings Matsunaga high acclaim internationally as well.
This exhibition will focus on his posters. Also on exhibit will be some of his truly brilliant designs in the realms of packaging and corporate identity (CI).
Our hope is that this exhibition will provide the visitor with a starting point for understanding the design philosophy Shin Matsunaga has maintained since the early days of his career.

CCGA Print Studio

In 2012 the Center for Contemporary Graphic Art (CCGA), a facility dedicated to activities relating to prints and graphic design, opened a print studio open to the general public. The new CCGA Print Studio is located, together with CCGA itself, in the lush green foothills of Mt. Utsumine in the city of Sukagawa, in Fukushima Prefecture.
Sukagawa is the birthplace of Aodo Denzen (1748-1822), a painter of the Edo Period who was among the first Japanese artists to produce copperplate prints in Western style. In 2012 Aodo Denzen works were designated by the Japanese Government as Important Cultural Properties.
With the opening of the CCGA Print Studio, small in scale but fully equipped, in this location with strong associations with prints, our aspiration is that it will serve as a welcome venue both for printmaking workshops attended by the general public and as a studio open to experienced print artists.

Coming up

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The 73rd Prints from Tyler Graphics Archive Collection Vol. 30

September 16, 2017 - December 24, 2017