Exhibition information

The 80th Graphic Design of Food

March 01, 2020 - June 07, 2020

Takumi Miyagi, Eri Nagamine / Helvetica Design inc.
Takumi Miyagi, Eri Nagamine / Helvetica Design inc.

Posters and other graphic works provide us a look at numerous representations of food mirroring the times in which they were created. In posters of chocolate products of the immediate postwar period, for example, we can get a vivid sense of the yearning for, and joy derived from, sweet confections. In works depicting fruits and vegetables with great beauty, we can detect the appreciation and respect felt toward the earth that produces them. And in posters that use food as a motif for raising social issues, we are struck by the import of those questions precisely because they so closely affect our everyday lives. Graphic design, an indivisible element of our lives and social milieu, profoundly reflects the images we embrace of food and, by extension, of life in general. Through this exhibition of posters, magazines and other graphic works skillfully created by their designers to convey the power of food, we aim to probe the relationship between ourselves and food in the present day.

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.

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