Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997) was one of the true pioneers of graphic design in Japan, and throughout his lengthy career he continuously ranked at the top of his craft and garnered attention on global scale. Among his most well-known designs are the posters for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the graphic symbol for “Good Design” (a designation awarded in Japan in recognition of excellence in industrial design), and the corporate symbol for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT).
This exhibition has been organized as a follow-up to the “Library” exhibition of 2010, which displayed several hundred among the roughly 10,000 volumes, published in Japan or overseas, that Mr. Kamekura amassed during his career relating to design, art, photography, architecture and associated topics. In addition to providing a glimpse into the breadth of Mr. Kamekura’s interests and circle of acquaintances, the collection contains many works that are today of great rarity and difficulty to obtain.
For this second exhibition, the selections from Mr. Kamekura’s library are complemented by visual arts publications recommended by 10 creative artists. Each of the 10 artists has chosen five books and provided a short commentary.
We eagerly invite visitors to come to this notable exhibition and to take in hand and marvel at the many precious books on display for this rare occasion.