The Birth of Modern Design-Osaka City Museum of Modern Art Collection
July 05, 2014 - September 07, 2014
Over the years the Center for Contemporary Graphic Art (CCGA) has introduced numerous works by Japanfs leading contemporary graphic designers. For this exhibition, we focus on works that can be said to form the core from which such contemporary Japanese works evolved: European works of modern design created in the 20th century. The works on exhibition have been gleaned from the Osaka City Museum of Modern Art Collection.
The Osaka City Museum of Modern Art Collection has long been prized as one of Japanfs most important collections of design in terms of both size and quality. Significantly, however, the collection became even more noteworthy with the addition in 2012 of the newly entrusted Suntory Poster Collection, which has further enhanced the museumfs holdings of graphic design works.
For this exhibition CCGA has borrowed cherished works from this outstanding collection broadly falling into two periods: the era of the 1920s and 1930s when modern design developed, and the period of the 1960s when modern design matured in the postwar era.
Visitors will have an opportunity to view the distinguishing traits of modern design in its various styles and geographic regions, from the prewar Russian avant-garde and Bauhaus, to the internationally famed Swiss and Dutch graphic design developments of postwar days.
Center for Contemporary Graphic Art and Tyler Graphics Archive Collection
Miyata 1, Shiota, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima, 962-0711 Japan
Phone: +81-248-79-4811/Fax: +81-248-79-4816
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:45 p.m.)
Monday and the day after a public holiday
General: 300 yen
Student: 200 yen
65 years old and over, elementary school students and younger and handicapped people: free
Aleksandr Rodchenko et al. LEF: Journal of the Left Front of the Arts nos. 2 & 3, 1923 Osaka City Museum of Modern Art
Theo van Doesburg (ed.) De Stijl vol. 4, no. 4 1921 De Stijl final issue (memorial to Theo van Doesburg) 1932 Osaka City Museum of Modern Art
Aleksandr Rodchenko Decorative and Industrial Art of the USSR 1925 Osaka City Museum of Modern Art
El Lissitzky USSR Russische Ausstellung 1929 Suntory Poster Collection (deposited in Osaka City Museum of Modern Art)
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 gCCGA Print Studioh 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 Aodofs 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.