The 341st Exhibition
January 09, 2015 - January 31, 2015
Ginza Graphic Gallery's year 2015 opens with "Asaba's Typography." by Katsumi Asaba, an art director who has garnered acclaim not only in Japan but throughout the world.
With his extraordinary curiosity about wide-ranging subjects and people, and the tenacity to literally see something through to the end once he has made a decision, Katsumi Asaba carries out creative projects in many fields. Organized around the central element of typography, which sustains the foundations of his activities, this exhibition will present new works by Asaba including collages and hanging scrolls, posters, and the continuation of the diaries sweepingly presented in the exhibition "Traces of the Prayer," held in 2008 at 21_21 Design Sight.
Asaba has been a designer for many years, but his fascination with creation, and pursuit of new forms of expression, continue to well up again and again, inexhaustibly. In the limited space of ggg we can only present a fraction of his countless works; but it's certain that "Asaba's Typography." is an exhibition which reveals Katsumi Asaba's worldview as of 2015.
Design: Katsumi Asaba, Photography: Kaoru Suzuki
ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome@
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Opening hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm (until 6:00pm on Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Friday, January 23, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Speakers: Katsumi Asaba + Dainippon Type Organization
Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building
Admission free, Reservation required, 70 seats available
* Booking starts from 11:00am, Friday, January 9.
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1940. After graduating from Kuwasawa Design School, and working at Keinosuke Sato Typography Studio and Light Publicity, he founded Katsumi Asaba Design Studio in 1975. Many of his creations as an art director have made a lasting mark in the history of Japanese advertising design. Representative works include landmark ads for Seibu department store, Suntory, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, and package design for Kirin tea. Asaba is an expert on Dongba, an ancient pictorial script still used in some areas of China. He has received numerous awards including the Japan Advertising Artists Club Special Prize, Tokyo Type Directors Club Award, Mainichi Design Prize, Japan Advertising Awards Yamana Prize, Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Medal with Purple Ribbon, Tokyo Art Directors Club Grand Prix, and Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. He is chairman of the Tokyo Type Directors Club, committee member of the Tokyo Art Directors Club, chairman of JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designers Association), Japan representative in the Alliance Graphique Internationale, 10th successive director of Kuwasawa Design School, and visiting professor at Tokyo Zokei University and Kyoto Seika University. He has a 6th level ranking in table tennis.
ginza graphic gallery (Ozawa) 03-3571-5206
Suntory Old, Suntory, 1980
Otehon wa Shizen-kai, Seibu-Saison Group, 1987
Typography in Asia: A View from Tokyo, 1990
Andy and Asaba, 2014
MisawaDesign BAUHAUS, 2014