Film Posters — The Birth of the Modern City Landscape

3331 Arts Chiyoda

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Movie posters are printed to advertise film works. They are displayed in movie theaters and on street corners, and their usefulness ends when their film’s run concludes. However, along with this practical side, some posters also have strong artistic qualities and unique designs that leave a strong impression on people. From the 1910s until the 1930s, in particular, motion pictures were symbolic of modernist culture, and their posters became an important element of the modern urban landscapes arising in Tokyo and other cities.

Established in April of 2018, the National Film Archive of Japan (NFAJ; previously the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art) is Japan’s only national film organization that has continuously collected and preserved motion pictures as cultural assets and actively screened them. However, non-film materials also form an important part of its collection. Such materials include posters, stills, scenarios, press materials, equipment, and books.

Most of the 24 posters on display here were selected from the “Misono Collection,” a compilation of items that were once owned by a collector of rare film-related artifacts named Kyohei Misono (1919-2000). Also presented is an innovative display featuring historical photographs of movie theaters from Tokyo’s past made possible through digital technology.



from December 12, 2018 to January 16, 2019
Open hour 10:00-19:00



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