"The Art of Film Posters in Japan" Exhibition

National Film Center

poster for "The Art of Film Posters in Japan" Exhibition

This event has ended.

Under the control of production and distribution companies, Japanese film posters were designed without attribution to an artist. Looking at the history of Japanese film posters, however, a number of artistic ambitions can be found beyond this anonymity. Via posters created by various artists such as Kono Takashi, Hisamitsu Noguchi, Kiyoshi Awazu, Tadanori Yokoo, Makoto Wada this exhibition will seek crossover points between cinema and the graphic arts.



From 2012-01-07 To 2012-03-31



karl: (2012-01-09)

I spent mostly two hours in the pre-exhibition, the museum part of the NFC giving a good narrative of Japanese cinema, specifically the early start of its industry. A lot of pictures, early silent movies pieces and texts explaining the association of technology, society and movie industry.

The movie posters exhibition is not a linear timeline of movie posters but organized by graphic genre and designers who produced the poster with a mix of Japanese and Foreign movies. Without falling into nostalgia mood, it seemed that the posters were a lot more interesting in terms of design than now. I guess there is the selection effect over a long period of time. The very recent movies were not shown and somehow it stopped around the 70s.

There is also at the same time a showing of little known Japanese movies. See http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/event/2011/EC60

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