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Little Design: Katsumi Komagata

The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum


Katsumi Komagata
Katsumi Komagata (b. 1953) is a designer and bookmaker known for titles such as “Little Eyes” and “Little Tree.” Having studied with graphic designer Kasumasa Nagai, Komagata began his career at the Japan Design Center before moving the U.S. and working in New York as a graphic designer. He returned to Japan in 1983, designing record jackets, invitations for fashion brands, and other creations. The birth of his daughter in 1989 launched his career in picture books. With their simple yet rich explorations of the possibilities of communication, these works attracted attention around the world. From the late 1990s, Komagata began conducting workshops, creating picture books for people with visual and hearing disabilities, and engaging in projects for minorities.

This exhibition surveys Komagata’s career from his experimental period in the U.S. to his designs for music and fashion, as well as his idea sketches for picture books revealing his process. Learn how Komagata has made the “little things” important.


Mar 6 (Sat) 2021-Aug 31 (Tue) 2021 

Opening Hours Information

Until 17:00 from September to October.
Until 16:30 from November to January.
Open on public holiday Wednesday but closed on the following day.
Closed during the New Year holidays.
FeeFrom April to October: Adults ¥1200, University and High School Students ¥800 / From November to March: Adults ¥1000, University and High School Students ¥500 / Junior High and Elementary School Students free.
VenueThe Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum
Location347-1 Clematis no Oka, Sunto-gun, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
AccessFrom the North exit of JR Mishima Station, take the free shuttle bus for 25 minutes.
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