The work of Ikko Tanaka, influential not only in Japanese graphic design circles
but also around the world, has lost none of its luster even today. At the end
of 2008 the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion established the Ikko Tanaka
Archives with 120,000 donated examples of outstanding works and other related
Drawing on this archives, 150 posters produced between the 1950s and the 1970s
were carefully selected for this exhibition, which tracks the early and middle
periods of Tanaka's rich creative life. In addition to masterpieces from the
Kobe Workers' Music Association and Sankei Kanze Noh series, there are also many
less familiar gems to discover.
The exhibition will be an opportunity both to look back at Tanaka's creative
beginnings and to explore the profound appeal of the period of steady development
into one of the world's great poster artists.