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Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha

  • The exhibition displayed some 600 of the more than 7,000 books designed by Kouga Hirano over the course of more than half a century, with a focus on those he designed for the publishing firm Shobunsha. The books were arranged by series on shelves set into the gallery's inner walls and on display tables, affording visitors an opportunity to take the books in hand just as they would in a used book shop. The gallery walls were also used to display 80 reworked versions of decorative handwritten works originally shown at his solo exhibition in Taichung, Taiwan in 2017, and his theater and concert flyers and posters-another area in which Hirano has been very active. To these original works Hirano added written notes and then printed them on washi paper. The items on display were accompanied by captions relating anecdotes from the period when Shobunsha was founded, providing visitors with a nostalgic look back at a period when books, publishers and book designers enjoyed close and mutually productive relationships.

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  • Exhibition Name

    Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha

  • Period

    September 04, 2017–October 24, 2017

  • Exhibition Type

    Traveling exhibition from ddd to ggg

  • Venue

    ddd Uzumasa, Kyoto

  • Featured Designers

  • Poster Designers

  • October 24, 2017

    kyoto ddd gallery

  • September 04, 2017
    Gallery Talk
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Photographer: YOSHIDA Akihito

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