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The 222nd Exhibition at kyoto ddd gallery deValence-Systems as Playgrounds

August 28, 2019 - October 23, 2019

Designed by deValence
Designed by deValence
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The gallery was closed on Saturday, October 12 because of the typhoon No. 19. Thank you for your understanding.

deValence is one of France’s most prolific contemporary graphic design studios. The studio’s superlative design creations have garnered high accolades from all quarters, all around the world. deValence’s clients include such major institutions as Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, La Commune theatre (centre dramatique national, Aubervilliers), the Maison&Objet international trade fair of interior design, and Harvard University, as well as some of France’s leading contemporary artists, including Pierre Huyghe, Raphaël Zarka and Saâdane Afif.
deValence’s projects seek to develop rigorous, effective and original visual systems requiring the active intellectual involvement of the viewer. Following in the footsteps of the Swiss and Dutch schools of graphic design of the 20th century, deValence pays particular attention to typography and the process of shape forming. In tandem with its prolific creative activity, deValence also operates an associated publishing house, B42, that produces books relating to the entire breadth of visual cultures, including design. In addition, the studio dedicates itself to providing tools for pondering visual cultures and the role of the designer in society.
This exhibition at kyoto ddd gallery will be deValence’s first show in Japan. We hope visitors will take this opportunity to see and appreciate the many outstanding works demonstrating the significant contribution deValence has made to the renewal of contemporary graphic design.

Gallery Talk

★Special Website for Gallery Taik
Participants:  Alexandre Dimos & Ghislain Triboulet (deValence), Kiyonori Muroga (editor)
Date and Time:   September 3 (Tue) 17:00 – 18:30
Place:   kyoto ddd gallery
Admission free. Reservation required. Capacity: 40.
※Reception closed due to full seats.

Profile: Kiyonori Muroga
Born in 1975, Niigata, Japan. Editor. Former editor-in-chief of IDEA magazine. He has been editing books on graphic design, typography, and visual culture since 1999. His recently editorinal works include Sakuji Hyakkei and Pixel Hyakkei (Graphic-sha, 2019).  He is also an international critic, educator, and lecturer on graphic design. He has contributed texts to various publications and periodicals including JAGDA’s Graphic Design in Japan 2013 (Rikuyosha, 2013), Japan­—Nippon: Poster Collection 26 (Lars Müller Publishers, 2014), Nihon bijutsu zenshu (Shogakukan, 2016), ggg books 124: Yoshihisa Shirai (DNP, 2017), Encyclopedia of East Asian Design (Sydney, Bloomsbury, forthcoming). He co-curated “The Study Room” of the 27th Brno Biennial (2016) and “Fragments of Graphism” (Creation Gallery G8, 2018).


Reception & Gallery Tour

Date and Time:   September 3 (Tue) 18:30 – 21:00
Place:   kyoto ddd gallery
Support:   ICOM Kyoto 2019 Organising Committee

ICOM Kyoto 2019 Commemorative Talk Event: “Visual Communication in Museums”

Participants:   Alexandre Dimos & Ghislain Triboulet, Atsuki Kikuchi (graphic designer), Kenjiro Hosaka (Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Date and Time:   September 4 (Wed) 16:00 – 18:00
Place:  Institut français du Japon - Kansai / Kyoto, Inabata Hall
Organizers:   Institut français du Japon - Kansai, DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion
Support:   ICOM Kyoto 2019 Organising Committee
Admission free. Reservation required. Capacity: 60.
To reserve, contact Institut français du Japon - Kansai / Kyoto by telephone: 075-761-2105.

Talk Event: Japan-France Dialogue Series Le labo vol.28 “Design and Oneself”

Participants:  Alexandre Dimos & Ghislain Triboulet, Bunpei Yorifuji (Bunpei Ginza), Yui Takada (Allright Graphics)
Moderator:   Sakura Nomiyama (Research Fellow, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Date and Time:   August 30 (Fri) 19:00 – 21:00
Place:   Institut français du Japon - Tokyo, Espace images
Organizer: Institut français du Japon - Tokyo
For further information, please consult Institut français du Japon - Tokyo’s website.


Established in Paris in 2001, deValence is headed by Alexandre Dimos and Ghislain Triboulet. Today, the studio operates mainly in the fields of contemporary creative arts, design, theatre, publishing and architecture. In parallel with its design work, deValence has always been involved in projects to promote ideas on graphic design, particularly through the organization of conferences. This led to Alexandre Dimos’ creation in 2008 of the B42 publishing house, a venture providing the essential complement to deValence, specializing in the fields of design, typography, architecture and the social sciences. Works published by B42 include books by Jost Hochuli, Bunpei Yorifuji, Robin Kinross and John Berger as well as the magazine Back Cover. Since his residency at Villa Kujoyama in 2012, Alexandre Dimos has maintained strong links with Japan and publishes articles and translations on Japanese graphic design. He is a member of the AGI.
In France, works produced by the studio are kept in the collections of Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap), Musée des arts décoratifs, Bibliothèque nationale de France, le Frac des Pays de la Loire (Regional Contemporary Art Collections), and le Signe, centre national du graphisme (Chaumont). In 2019, deValence was awarded the Grand Prix of the Biennale internationale de design graphique de Chaumont.



Date and Day

Dates: August 28 (Wed) – October 23 (Wed), 2019
Hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (18:00 on Saturdays and September 8 (Sun))
Closed Sundays and holidays (special opening on September 8 (Sun))


kyoto ddd gallery
10 Uzumasakamikeibu-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8533
TEL: 075-871-1480   FAX: 075-871-1267
Admission free


・3-minute walk from Exit 1 of Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station, Kyoto Subway Tozai Line
・5-minute walk from Randen-Tenjingawa Station, Randen Arashiyama Main Line
・By Kyoto City Bus or Kyoto Bus, alight at Uzumasa Tenjingawa-ekimae
No parking available


DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion


Institut français, Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon