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The 373rd Ginza Graphic Gallery Exhibition Tsuguya Inoue: Beginnings

May 14, 2019 - June 26, 2019

Designed by Tsuguya Inoue
Designed by Tsuguya Inoue
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In May and June, ginza graphic gallery (ggg) will host “Beginnings,” an exhibition of the works of Tsuguya Inoue. Inoue has been widely hailed for his sharp sensibilities and the unfettered freedom he displays in creating stunningly new designs integrating photography and typography, magical designs in which photos come to life. Starting from the 1980s, through the 1990s, and straight through to the present, Inoue has never strayed from his glowing path of avant-garde creativity.
Nearly a decade has passed since ggg hosted Inoue's very first solo show. Since then, working in the realms of both advertising and publishing, he has created a steadily growing body of works born from his insatiable curiosity and sense of artistic adventure, works that have continued to evolve toward greater and greater purity.
The core of Inoue's upcoming exhibition at ggg will be his various new poster series. Among them, “The Burning Heaven” employs photographs of the sun, moon, light, water, oil, plants and such to create fictitious universes. Posters in his “Happy Time” series are imbued with humor and playfulness against a backdrop filled with tension. All posters on display will be Inoue's most prominent works self-selected from among his numerous masterpieces. Also on show will be the vast body of his posters and book designs created in recent years, in ever-expanding variety, in collaboration with the fashion world.
Inoue's works evoke an overwhelming and truly breathtaking aura. From that aura, visitors will surely enjoy discovering all-new sensations: the new beginnings of Tsuguya Inoue's newest journey of creativity.


DNP Ginza Building 1F/B1
7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
TEL: 03-3571-5206 / FAX: 03-3289-1389
Open hours: 11:00am - 7:00pm.
Closed on Sundays and holidays / Admission free



Opening Party

Date: May 14, 2019 (Tue.) 5:30 –7:00pm
Venue: ginza graphic gallery / DNP Ginza Bldg. 2F


Coinciding with this exhibition, a collection of Tsuguya Inoue's works, titled The Burning Heaven, will be published by Little More Co., Ltd.


Tsuguya Inoue was born in 1947. He established his own company, Beans Co., Ltd., in 1978. Through the years he has forged a prominent career as a graphic designer and art director, the latter area encompassing the realms of advertising, music, publishing, and TV. Today, with innovative creations integrating photography and typography, his design work continues to span across multiple genres. Inoue's major awards received to date include the Tokyo ADC Grand Prize, Tokyo TDC Grand Prize, JAAC Yamana Prize and Mainichi Design Award. His major publications are ggg Books-64 Tsuguya Inoue, Inoue Tsuguya Graphic Works 1981-2007 (Little More), and Inoue Tsuguya Graphics: Talking the Dragon (Little More).