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The Posters of Ikko Tanaka

As a graphic designer, Ikko Tanaka (born in Nara in 1930; died in 2002) was hugely influential in shaping postwar visual culture in Japan. In this exhibition, we present a selection of the artist's posters.

After graduating from the Kyoto City University of Arts, Tanaka began creating designs for the Kanebo cosmetics company and the Sankei Shimbun newspaper company. At the age of 23, Tanaka became a member of the Japan Advertising Artists Club (JAAC), and in 1957, he moved to Tokyo, where he established his own firm, the Ikko Tanaka Design Studio, in 1963. Tanaka subsequently oversaw designs for countless national events including the Tokyo Olympics, and for companies such as the Saison Group and Muji. He also received international acclaim by holding numerous solo exhibitions and other events abroad.

Tanaka's work is distinguished by a fusion of Japanese culture and traditional arts and modern Western design from the postwar era. In addition to expressing Tanaka's personal aesthetic and serving as the origin of his creative work, it is a theme that he pursued throughout his career.

Why not take this opportunity to experience the charm of Ikko Tanaka's work and the profound artistic realm that he set out to realize?

  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • Sponsored by Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Works

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Ikko Tanaka, The 5th Sankei Kanze Noh, 1958, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
ⓒ Ikko Tanaka / licensed by DNPartcom

Ikko Tanaka, Nihon Buyo, 1981, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
ⓒ Ikko Tanaka / licensed by DNPartcom

Ikko Tanaka, Tradition and New Techniques, 1984, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
ⓒ Ikko Tanaka / licensed by DNPartcom

Ikko Tanaka, Music Today '85, 1985, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
ⓒ Ikko Tanaka / licensed by DNPartcom

Ikko Tanaka, Japan, 1986, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
ⓒ Ikko Tanaka / licensed by DNPartcom

Ikko Tanaka, Ikko Tanaka Graphic Art "Botanical Garden", 1990, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
ⓒ Ikko Tanaka / licensed by DNPartcom

Ikko Tanaka, Contemporary Expression 3 - TheExhibition by Seven Artists, 1995, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
ⓒ Ikko Tanaka / licensed by DNPartcom

Admission

Opening Hours

10:00-17:00 (10:00-19:00 on Fridays)
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Closed

Mondays except May 2, 2016.

Admission Fee

Adults: 430(220) yen
University students: 130(70) yen

  • *( ) admission for advance purchase and groups of more than 20 people.
  • *Children(up to High school students), under 18, senior citizens(over 65), disabled people with one attendant: Free.
  • *Including "Collection 1".
  • *Free admission days: Apr. 9, May 7, 14, Jun. 4, 2016.