Makoto Wada and Japanese Illustration

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[Image: Makoto Wada, cover picture (1977)]

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The words “illustration” and “illustrator” became widely known in Japan as of the 1960s thanks to the formation of groups like “Tokyo Illustrators Club” in 1964, and the publication of magazines such as “Hanashi no tokushu” in 1965. Makoto Wada thus rose to prominence in the world of Japanese illustration with his cover designs for magazines such as “Highlight” and the weekly “Shukan bunshun.” After receiving the Nissan Prize - then considered gateway award for entry into the field of graphic design - in 1957 while still a student at Tama Art University, Wada began his career. Together with others such as Yokoo Tadanori, he raised the profile of illustration as an occupation and expanded the scope of what this work included. Centering on images by Wada and others who worked alongside him, this exhibition will introduce the history of Japanese illustration.

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Schedule for special screenings of film works by Makoto Wada

“Kaito Ruby” (1988, 96 mins.)
Event Date: Sep. 16 (Sat) 14:00-
Venue: 3F Audio-visual Hall
Capacity: 90

“Round About Midnight” (2001, 109 mins.)
Event Date: Oct. 7 (Sat) 14:00-
Venue: 3F Audio-visual Hall
Capacity: 90



from September 09, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Closed on Sep. 19 (Tue), Oct. 10 (Tue) but open on Sep. 8 (Mon) and Oct. 9 (Mon).


Makoto Wada



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