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2005/164/1 Poster, 'Hiroshima Appeals 1983', colour offset lithograph, designed by Yusaku Kamekura, illustration by Akira Yokoyama, printed by Toppan Printing Co Ltd, sponsored by Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation Inc and Japan Graphic Design Association Inc (JAGDA), Tokyo, Japan, 1983. Click to enlarge.

Hiroshima Appeals poster

Designed
The Hiroshima Appeals poster series were designed by a number of prominent Japanese graphic designers - the first designed by Yusaku Kamekura in 1983, others by Kiyoshi Awazu (1984), Shigeo Fukuda (1985), Yoshio Hayakawa (1986), Kazumasa Nagai (1987), Ikko Tanaka (1988), and Mitsuo Katsui (1989). The first poster in the Hiroshima Appeals series features a powerful and arresting image of falling burning butterflies by Yusaku Kamekura who has been described by author Maggie Kinser Saiki as the …

Summary

Object No.

2005/164/1

Object Statement

Poster, 'Hiroshima Appeals 1983', colour offset lithograph, designed by Yusaku Kamekura, illustration by Akira Yokoyama, printed by Toppan Printing Co Ltd, sponsored by Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation Inc and Japan Graphic Design Association Inc (JAGDA), Tokyo, Japan, 1983

Physical Description

Poster depicts multi-coloured burning butterflies falling from the sky, their wings are alight with red and orange flames. The poster is titled 'Hiroshima Appeals / 1983' along the centre top in black font.

Marks

Text printed on lower right corner of poster in black reads;
Art direction / design: Yusaku Kamekura / Illustration: Akira Yokoyama/ Printed: Toppan Printing Co Ltd / Sponsored: Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation Inc /JAGDA (Japan Graphic Design Association).

Dimensions

Height

1030 mm

Width

730 mm

Production

Notes

This poster was designed by Japanese graphic designer Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997).

Kamekura is thought of as an uncompromising perfectionist and a visionary, and a pioneering Japanese design professional and pioneering Japanese graphic designer. Kamekura is internationally recognised for his poster designs, including the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Japan World Exposition, Osaka, 1970, and his Hiroshima Appeals poster of 1983. Like other Japanese graphic designers, Kamekura embraced the International style, while simultaneously retaining a distinctly Japanese tradition.

He held a one-man show in 1963, organized Graphic '55 exhibition at the Takashimaya Department Store, gathered Japan's budding graphic designers together into the Japan Advertising Artists Club (JAAC) in 1965, and hosted a World Design Conference. He also co-founded the Nippon Design Center which paired corporations with designers into a unique, progressive and productive organization. He was also a founding member of the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) when it was established in 1978. Between 1989 and 1993, expressed his personal vision to other designers, artists and illustrators through his publication titled, Creation. Through these and other activities, Kamekura introduced Japanese design to the Japanese community and to the world.

History

Notes

Produced as the first in a series of Hiroshima Appeals posters by the Japan Graphic Design Association Inc (JAGDA) from 1983 to 1990. Initiated and sponsored by the Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation, Inc. in 1983.

Reference:
http://www.jagda.org/english/activity_e/activity_e.html Cited 5/5/05

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with the assistance of JAGDA and Dai Nippon Printing Co, Ltd, Japan, 2005

Acquisition Date

16 June 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

Hiroshima Appeals poster 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2022, <https://ma.as/349928>

Wikipedia

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