Exhibition information

The 78th DNP Graphic Design Archives Collection VIII: Masayoshi Nakajo Posters Freshly Picked from the Archives

June 15, 2019 - September 08, 2019

Designed by Kijuro Yahagi
Designed by Kijuro Yahagi

Among the diverse areas in which Masayoshi Nakajo (b. 1933) is active—graphic design, editorial design, advertising, art direction and more—this exhibition will focus on his posters. It will trace his inimitable design world over the course of roughly a half century, starting from posters Nakajo created for his first solo show in 1970s to his most recent works. Also on show will be a sampling of Nakajo’s work for Shiseido’s Hanatsubaki, a publication that, through his near 40 years of art direction, established the image of a pioneering culture magazine. We hope the exhibition will give visitors an opportunity to know the unique worldview of Masayoshi Nakajo’s design work—work that goes beyond dualistic evaluative parameters of old or new, beautiful or ugly, clever or clumsy.

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.