Musical Films in Posters

Une femme douce
Funny Face 1957
Directed by Stanley Donen
Starring: Audrey Hepburn,
      Fred Astaire
Wada Makoto Collection
  The gorgeous visual expression of Hollywood musical films is an outstanding part of the world's film history. They have delivered the atmosphere of the Broadway stage and attracted movie fans worldwide with fascinating dances and sparkling melodies.
  The exhibition of musical film posters organized by The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo focuses on this genre, which holds such a privileged position. Musical films were highly developed in Hollywood when talkie technology was introduced, and they held sway as one of the main forms of 20th Century mass entertainment. This exhibition follows the glamorous lineage of the genre, from the pre-war RKO musicals that brought us the genius of tap dancer Fred Astaire, to the MGM musicals that peaked in the 1950s with actors like Gene Kelly, and the big-scale productions of the 1960s.
  These 54 original posters are mainly from the collection of illustrator/designer Makoto Wada, together with rare items from eminent musical film poster collector Yasuhiko Oyama. We would like you to enjoy their cheerful expression, which could be taken as prime American graphic design.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Collection Gallery (4F)

Exhibition dates
June 6(Sat.) - August 16(Sun.), 2015
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open on July 20 (Mon.), closed on July 21 (Tue.)

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

Evening hours (every Friday)
9:30AM–8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)
Exception: June 12 (Fri.)

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

Day of admission Group (20 or more)
Adult 430 yen 220 yen
University students 130 yen 70 yen
High school students
and younger

*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
   Gallery talk    
Talker: Hidenori Okada(Curator, National Film Center)
   Date & Time: July 12 (Sun.) 12:00PM-1:00PM(1st) 3:00PM-4:00PM(2nd)
   Place: 4F Collection Gallery
   Capacity: Each lecture first 30 seats
   Fee: Free Admission
   (please gather at the entrance of 4F collection gallery 10 minutes before each talk)
   *exhibition tickets are required
   in Japanese only

Publicity materials
flyer PDF(1.7MB)


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