Sugiura Hisui: Image Collector

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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Hisui Sugiura (1876-1965) took an important role in the earliest days of Japanese graphic design. He actively promoted Zuan design plans in his publications co-authored with Soshu Watanabe (1890-1986): “Zuan no Bigaku (Aesthetics of Zuan)” and “Jitsuyo Zuan Shiryo Taisei (Compilation of practical Zuan materials)” and was engaged in Zuan education as the first president of Tama Imperial Art School (now Tama Art University) founded in 1935. In addition to Sugiura’s representative works, such as posters for Mitsukoshi Department Store and various cover designs for books and magazines, the exhibition will showcase materials previously owned by Sugiura, including the French illustrated newspaper “L’Illustration,” the American graphic magazine “LIFE,” and his scrapbooks for the first time, so as to reveal another dimension of Sugiura’s creative practice as an “image collector.”



from February 09, 2019 to May 26, 2019
Part I: Feb. 9–Apr. 7, Part II: Apr. 10–May 26


Hisui Sugiura



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