Exhibition information

The 392nd ginza graphic gallery exhibition Aquirax Uno Kareidoscope

December 09, 2022 - January 31, 2023

Illustration: Aquirax Uno<br>Design: Idea Oshima
Illustration: Aquirax Uno
Design: Idea Oshima
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This March Aquirax Uno celebrated his 88th birthday. Since the 1950s, for over half a century this talented left-handed artist has been at the forefront of the times as an illustrator and graphic designer. In the 1960s and 70s, he became intimately involved with subculture movements such as angura theater (a Japanese avant-garde theater movement), including performances by Shuji Terayama’s Tenjo Sajiki theater troupe, and took the world by storm with his posters and illustrations that dealt with madness, malice, eroticism, and intense emotion . Uno’s posters were so popular they would be taken down as soon as they were put up. And the posters he made for plays before they went on sometimes even influenced the contents of the plays themselves.
   At the end of the 20th century, the posters Uno created in the 60s were reevaluated, and his aesthetic that included scandalous aspects matured. Uno’s images of cute and alluring girls in particular still have many fans among both the young and the old to this day. Recently, he has come back in sync with the times. He says that his sense of the distinctive cuteness of young girls he had in the 1960s has returned, naturally enabling him to draw the images of girls he depicted years ago.
   “Printing is not the precise reproduction of an illustration; what’s most important is that the results are good,” said Uno expressing his strong long-time interest in the magic of printing. The main exhibition room on the first floor will showcase around 20 original works based on the theme of haiku and girls. The works will be presented in a new way, with designs by Junko Tsuda who used specialized printing techniques to give them new life. The basement floor will feature an impressive collection of around 50 posters from the 1960s which were the starting point for his new works that experiment with printing, in collaboration with Kariya City Art Museum. The venue will be transformed into a space of synchronicity of new and early works. Experience Uno’s images of girls at Kaleidoscope with their universal appeal that transcends generations.
 

Venue

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 / Admission free
Closed on Sundays and holidays, and from December 28, 2022 to January 5, 2023

*Please see HERE for details before your visit.

Cooperation

Kariya City Art Museum
Art Space Co., Ltd.
DNP Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 

Exhibition composition, Critism

Kijuro Yahagi

Specialized Print Design

Junko Tsuda

Print Design

DNP Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. Publishing Innovation Operations, Book Creative Promotion Division
 

Ad Design

 Idea Oshima

Publication

AQUIRAX UNO, high definition collection of works

Gallery Talk

Details will be announced on the ginza graphic gallery website and SNS.

Others

Starting March 2023, there will be an exhibition at Ichigaya Letterpress Factory (Shinjuku-ku) on the production process of the specially designed prints displayed in the main exhibition room on the first floor.

Aquirax Uno

Aquirax Uno was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1934. He graduated from the Design Department of Nagoya City Industrial Arts High School. After working for Calpis, Nippon Design Center, and Studio Ilfil, Uno started doing freelance. Some of his accolades include the JAAC (Japan Advertising Artists Club) Special Award, JAAC Members Award, Kodansha Publishing Culture Awards for Illustration, Sanrio Art Award, Akai Tori Illustration Award, Japan Picture Book Award, JAF (Japan Advertising Federation) Japan Advertising Awards Yamana Prize, and Yomiuri Theater Awards Selection Committee Special Prize. In 1999, Uno received the Medal with Purple Ribbon. In 2010, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
 
Uno’s main works have been published in Aquirax Uno Posters 1959-1975, Oku no Yokomichi [Deep Side Streets], Mono Aquirax+, Aquirax Uno Chronicles, and The World of Aquirax Uno's Fantasy Illustrations. His picture books include Anoko [That Girl] (written by Yoshitomo Imae), La Chatte Blanche, Fruits of Passion (written by Shuji Terayama), Okina Hitomi [Large Pupils] (poetry by Shuntaro Tanikawa), Jujika [Cross], and Koibitotachi [The Lovers] (written by Hiroshi Homura). Uno has held many solo exhibitions at venues such as Kariya City Art Museum and Bunkamura Gallery. He has also served as curator and worked in stage design.