The 77th Heisei Graphics
March 01, 2019 - June 09, 2019
On April 30th of this year, “Heisei”—the period coinciding with the reign of the current Emperor—will draw to a close and a new era will begin. Heisei started more than 30 years ago, on January 8, 1989. Japanese society has undergone vast changes at a dizzying pace in the “period” of three decades. As these rapid transformations were taking place in our social structures, inevitably the realm of graphic design—being closely entwined with popular culture, information, the economy and society as a whole—too became swept up in the waves of change.
This exhibition will focus on posters in the CCGA archives that were created during the Heisei era. The works on display will demonstrate how graphic design has evolved in tandem with the myriad social changes of the past 30 years and also probe how the power of visual communication has impacted the times.
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.