Tokyo Mosaic (3) – Urban Textures
This event has ended.
In the run up to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the identity and attractiveness of Tokyo is again being publicized on an international scale. However, Tokyo in itself is rather a heterogeneous aggregate of signs, a complex entity irreducible to a single concrete image. In an attempt to capture the evanescent visual identity that characterizes Japan’s capital, the exhibition series “Tokyo Mosaic” has been allocated a dedicated area within Intermediatheque, where each exhibition focuses on a particular aspect of 20th-century Tokyo. A new presentation of documents pertaining to Tokyo in all its diversity (maps, urban planning projects, administrative reports, design manuals, news, advertisements, pamphlets in foreign languages, touristic guides, stamps1 etc.) gives insight into the images of Tokyo conveyed by visual communication tools in Japan and abroad. By including both official documents related to urban planning and public relations as well as rare ephemera produced by individuals and private organizations, it becomes possible to confront the idealized view of Tokyo with its reality. Through concrete examples, you can consider how graphic design and visual culture have assimilated the image of Tokyo, reducing it to a given form, abstracting it and at times idealizing it.
from December 12, 2017 to April 08, 2018