Presentation: Ikko Tanaka. Posters from Japan
Duration: October 27, 2017 – February 18, 2018
Location: Klarissenplatz/Neues Museum für Kunst und Design, 90402 Nuremberg
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday 10:00 – 20:00, Monday closed
 
Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) is still considered one of Japan’s most influential graphic designers. He founded his studio in Tokyo in 1963 and a year later he took part in documenta 3.
His diverse oeuvre ranges from book designs and typographic experiments via art direction for companies like Seibu, Mazda and Shiseido, to logos and exhibition designs, through to the concept for no-name design store Muji. Outside Japan, he is best know for his posters, designed for theater and dance productions, exhibitions and other cultural events, social and environmental issues, but also for font foundries and fashion designers. The selection draws a distilled picture of the manifold aspects in Ikko Tanaka’s poster oeuvre.
 
His style can be described as forceful and clear, expressive and harmonious, boldly abstract and sublime, deceptively simple. A fresh take on Japanese aesthetics is clearly identifiable, as are western sources of inspiration, including the Bauhaus. East meets West, as one of his books about Issey Miyake was titled, also applied to the activities of Ikko Tanaka, who always saw himself as a mediator between Japanese culture and the west.
 
A joint project of Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum – and Neues Museum, Nuremberg
 
Introduction:
December 7, 2017, 18:00 
Dr. Corinna Rösner, Die Neue Sammlung 
Dr. Mariko Takagi, associate professor, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto
In cooperation with DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, Tokyo
 
 
Parallel to this presentation – from October 27, 2017 to February 18, 2018 – Neues Museum is staging the exhibition On the Art of Building a Teahouse. Excursions into Japanese aesthetics, which also includes several loans from the collection of Die Neue Sammlung.
 
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Ikko Tanaka, The Discovery of the Kabuki Theater, 1974. Silkscreen. For a book publication on Kabuki-Theater by Tetsunosuke Tomita ; client: Shirogane Shobo publishers, Tokyo. © Ikko Tanaka 1974 / licensed by DNPartcom. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Ikko Tanaka, Nihon Buyo, 1981. Offset. For performances of traditional Japanese dance by the Asian Performing Arts Institute UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). © Ikko Tanaka 1981 / licensed by DNPartcom. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Ikko Tanaka, Hiroshima Appeals, 1988. Offset. Commissioned by Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation and JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designers Association. © Ikko Tanaka 1988 / licensed by DNPartcom. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Ikko Tanaka, Issey Miyake 1996; Photo: Irving Penn. Offset. For the 1996 collection of fashion designer Issey Miyake. © Ikko Tanaka 1996 / licensed by DNPartcom. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Ikko Tanaka, In Search of Elegance, 1996. Offset. For a conference in Venice about the role of traditional Japanese aesthetics in Japanese 20th century art; client: Center for Japanese Arts, Yokohama. © Ikko Tanaka 1996 / licensed by DNPartcom. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Ikko Tanaka, Butoh Kaden (Butho Dance of the Flowering Spirit), 1996. Offset. For the release of a CD-Rom about the modern Japanese Butoh dance (“dance of darkness”) and its founder Tatsumi Hijikata (1930-1986); client: Justsystem Corporation. © Ikko Tanaka 1996 / licensed by DNPartcom. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)