A Sense of Movement: Japanese Sports Posters

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June 24th, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT

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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 9th, 2023

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Thursday, repeating until September 9th, 2023

Cost: Free
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A Sense of Movement: Japanese Sports Posters
Sports Poster Exhibition
April 20—September 9, 2023

A Sense of Movement: Japanese Sports Posters, co-presented by The Japan Foundation, Toronto and the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, is an exhibition that explores the connection between Japanese graphic design and sports.

Prior to Toronto, the in-person presentations in Sydney (October 2021 – January 2022) and in Paris (December 2022 – March 2023) featured a selection of 31 posters by eight Japanese graphic designers. This exhibition then arrived in Toronto with an extended range of exhibits, a total of 68 pieces by 24 designers from young professionals who are currently active in the field to great masters who led the dawn of graphic design. The exhibition introduces the means by which these uniquely creative minds convey sport and its “sense of movement” through two-dimensional printed media.

This exhibition was planned and inspired by an online lecture by Eishi KITAZAWA, curator at Ginza Graphic Gallery’s “Conjuring a Sense of Movement: Japanese Graphic Designers & Sports Posters” organized by The Japan Foundation, London in September 2020. The exhibition was born online and has been growing in-person world-wide.

Here in this extended selection the compositional beauty, dynamism and humour expressed within these Japanese posters are communicated through the perspective of sports. You experience the fruit of Japan’s rich graphic design culture during the half century between the first Olympic Games in Japan and the present time.

Exhibitors: AOBA Masuteru, ASABA Katsumi, FUKUDA Shigeo, KAMEKURA Yūsaku, KASAI Kaoru, SATOH Taku, TANAKA Ikkō, UENISHI Yuri, YOKOO Tadanori, SANO Kenjirō, SOEDA Takayuki, NAGAI Hiroaki, WATANABE Yoshie, NODA Nagi, MATSUNAGA Shin, ISHIOKA Eiko, SAKAE Ryōta, HOSOYA Gan, KUBOTA Arata, KOSUGI Kōichi, HATTORI Kazunari, YOSHIDA Katsu, NODA Sayo (Hakuhōdō), GROOVISIONS

Admission: FREE

Due to the security of the exhibition pieces and COVID-19 precautions, we ask our patrons to register for our hourly timeslots in advance. Hand-sanitization prior to entry and wearing face-covering on our premises are strongly recommended.

Gallery Hours: Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Hourly timeslots starting at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM (4:30 PM and 5:30 PM on Thursdays)

Closed on select Saturdays: May 20 (Victoria Day weekend), July 1 (Canada Day), September 2 (Labour Day weekend)

Tuesday11:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday11:30am to 6:30pm
Friday11:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday 11:30am to 4:30pm

*Saturday, August 26 – Friday, September 1: Library is CLOSED for annual inventory. Gallery remains open. 

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Dive Deeper into the World of Japanese Sports Posters with JFT Library’s Book List

Fully immerse yourself in the world of Japanese sports posters by borrowing materials from the JFT library’s curated book list before or after visiting the gallery! The book list includes select titles on Japanese sports, graphic design, and the designers behind this dynamic art form. Whether you are a sports fan or graphic designer/art lover, this book list will provide valuable insights and inspiration to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this captivating intersection of art and sport. 

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June 24th, 2023 @ 11:30 am
June 24th, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8 Canada
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