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The 374th Ginza Graphic Gallery Exhibition Keiichi Tanaami Great Journey

July 05, 2019 - August 21, 2019

Designed by Keiichi Tanaami
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In July and August 2019, ginza graphic gallery (ggg) will host “Keichi Tanaami Great Journey.” The exhibition is an opportunity to see what this leading artist, whose career stretches back more than half a century to the 1960s, is doing at the height of his career.
Tanaami’s work, in a wide range of genres such as design, illustration, animation, experimental film, three-dimensional work, and painting, gives us a faithful depiction of his versatility. The esteem in which he is held by artists, designers, musicians and fashion designers from around the world is in line with the weight of his boundary-crossing, multidisciplinary career.
In recent years, Tanaami has been concentrating on creating mandalas of his own 80-year history, drawn from his own memories and dreams. At first glance these recent works may seem like bizarre pop-phantom images, but everything depicted stems from memories of his own experiences.
Images of American bombers borrowed from American comics and their illuminated anthropomorphized bombs, together with the menacing, squirming chickens and goldfish, are deeply related to Tanaami’s childhood memories of the war. Numerous borrowings from works by the artists most dear to Tanaami, science fiction magazines, and manga characters can be found in his artwork. These borrowings highlight both Tanaami’s affinity to pop-art, and his natural tendency to use his works to turn his memories into something positive.
The exhibition will feature approximately 22 new prints, animation clips, three-dimensional works, collaborations with fashion brands, publications, various products, and more. Nearly a year has passed since producing “Keiichi Tanaami Dialogue” at kyoto ddd gallery in August 2018. During that period, the artist has continued to amaze, his works still gaining strength as time goes by.


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: July 5, 2019 (Fri.) 5:30-7:00pm
Venue: ginza graphic gallery / DNP Ginza Bldg. 2F

Gallery Talk

Date: July 12, 2019 (Fri.) 6:30 –8:00pm
Speakers: Keiichi Tanaami + Yuji Yamashita (Art Historian, Professor at Meiji Gakuin university)
Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building
Admission free, Reservation required, 70 seats available
* Booking starts from July 5, 11:00am.

Keiichi Tanaami

Born in 1936 in Tokyo, Keiichi Tanaami graduated from Musashino Art University. He has been a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design since 1991. Since the 1960s he has pursued an active career as a graphic designer, a film maker and an artist, successfully transcending the boundaries between the three, to become a trailblazing representation of a modern, versatile artist, who exerts a considerable influence on artists around the world. Recent major exhibitions include “International Pop” (Walker Art Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA; 2015-2016), “The World Goes Pop” (Tate Modern, London; 2015), “Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970” (Centre Pompidou-Metz, France; 2017), “Hello World. Revising a Collection” (Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany; 2018), “Keiichi Tanaami” (K11 Foundation, Guangzhou, China; 2018), and many more. In recent times, major global art galleries, such as MoMA (USA), Walker Art Center (USA), Art Institute of Chicago (USA), M+ Museum for Visual Culture (Hong Kong), National Portrait Gallery (USA), Hamburger Bahnhof (Germany) house collections of his works.