Japanese Poster Artists. Cherry Blossoms and Asceticism
Museum of Design, Zurich
12 February – 25 May 2014
Shortly, there will be 300 Japanese posters on display in Zurich. As part of the celebrations marking the 150-year-old diplomatic relationship between Japan and Switzerland, the exhibition will provide a view of the 60 years of poster history of this East Asian state.
Bettina Richter, curator of the poster collection at the Museum of Design, Zurich, has put together this exhibition working in conjunction with Christian Brändle (Director of the Museum) with the support of a donation from the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion. This poster collection explains a variety of styles and themes - and includes works by Shigeo Fukuda, Kazumasa Nagai and Ikko Tanaka and artists from the modern era. As part of the exhibition, conversations will take place with Susanna Baer (Art Director and founding member of so+ba), Marietta Budiner (Director of Communications at Shiseido) and Katharina Epprecht (Deputy Director of the Museum Rietberg), as well as workshops and other events.
The exhibition will open with a private view on 11 February at 7 p.m. and will be accompanied by the publication “Japan - Nippon” in the Poster Collection 26 series with a foreword by Bettina Richter and an essay by Kiyonori Muroga (available from February in the museum shop).