The Art of Film Posters in Japan

KAMIMURA Kazuo Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
1973, The National Film Center
  The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and the National Film Center (NFC) had co-organized the exhibition "Soviet Film Posters in the Silent Era," exhibiting films posters from the NFC collection, in the summer of 2009. In this exhibition, we introduce the film posters created in Japan from 1930s to 80s.
  Film Posters which have been put up at theaters and on streets as an advertisement media, and in most cases in Japan, created anonymously under control of film production or distribution companies. However, beyond such frame work, there exists distinguished posters claiming that its values and graphic art when tracing the history of them.

NOGICHI Hisamitsu
Les quatre cents coups 1960,
The National Film Center
  Various talents were crossed over with film world in its golden era as famous designer Takashi KONO who was active at Modernism Shochiku in the 1930s, Hisamitsu NOGUCHI who created his era with his aromatic posters for European films, and after the war an illustrator Sentaro IWATA blew the beauty of women into the posters for Japanese films. In the 1960s when Art Theatre Guild (ATG) showed up, younger designers were sent up as if they run side by side with revolutional movement of film art. Then in the intimate intertwine of genres such as film, art, literature and stage play, artists from the new generation such as Kiyoshi AWAZU, Tadanori YOKOO and Makoto WADA appeared to transfigure the conventional style of film posters.
  The Exhibition "The Art of Film Posters in Japan" with 80 posters mainly from 1960s is searching for the node of film and graphism, and another "face" of cinema art flowered of the screen.

Exhibition dates
Wednesday, October 31– Monday, December 24, 2012
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open on December 24 (Mon.)

9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The National Film Center

  Day of admission Group (20 or more)
Adult 420 210
University students 130 70
High school students
and younger
Free Free

*Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are
 admitted free of charge.(Please present certificate at the admission.)


Related events
Film Series: MoMAK Films @ home
During the exhibition, we will show films related to the posters on display.

November 3 (Sat.), 4 (Sun.), 2012
Feature of the exhibition "The Art of Film Posters in Japan"
III: ATG and Japanese Films

December 8 (Sat.), 9 (Sun.), 2012
Feature of the exhibition "The Art of Film Posters in Japan"
IV: Poster Designs by Directors

Lecture: "Film Posters in Japan through Print Expression"
Date & Time: November 25 (Sun.), 2012 2:00-3:30PM
(numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F lecture hall
Fee: Free admission, maximum capacity 100
Lecturer: Minako TERAMOTO (Curator, Printing Museum, Tokyo & Cooperator of the Exhibition)
in Japanese only

Commemoration of Screening his Film at the MoMAK Films @ home
Post-Talk by the Film Director Makoto WADA
Date & Time: December 8 (Sat.), 2012 6:00-7:00PM
Place: 1F lecture hall
Fee: Free admission, maximum capacity 100
Talker: Makoto WADA (Illustrator & Film Director)
Interviewer: Hidenori OKADA (Senior Curator, The National Film Center)
*This event is available for those who watch one or both of films screened on the day at the MoMAK Films @ home. Numbered tickets for the event will be distributed on the day at the door starting at 1:30PM.
in Japanese only

Publicity materials

Flyer  PDF(2.8MB)


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