Exhibitions and Collections on Offer

The Japan Foundation,Toronto lends out exhibitions to Canadian arts and cultural organisations or educational institutions. For further information, contact Toshi Aoyagi, Program Officer at Tel: (416) 966-1600 x. 229 or e-mail:taoyagi@jftor.org.

Title of Exhibition Date Size/Number Description
22. Yokohama Noh Theatre Photography Exhibition 2013 Framed 50 photographs in B1 size
Stage photo's from the Yokohama Noh Theatre by Yoshiaki Kanda, paired with the luxurious constume photos.
21. Ceramics for Daily Comfort: Design Exhibition by Yasuki Sakamoto and Kazuhiro Tominaga 2013 270 industrial ceramic pieces, 9 framed photos
Yasuki Sakamoto and Kazuhiro Tminaga carrir on the tradition of contemporary industrial design in in Ceramics originated by Masahiro Mori 1927-2005 of Hakusan Porcelain Ltd. Hasami, Nagasaki.
20.Tamasaburo Bando Poster Exhibition 2012 total 50 posters, 10 coffee table books, flyers, and photo panels
Collaboration of top designers and photographers (such as Kishin Shinoyama) of Japan with Tamasaburo, a super star of Kabuki Theatre
19. Tenugui Towel Exhibition 2010 Total 300 pieces
A display in four chapters; Flowers of four seasons, Traditional patterns, Food, and Living creatures.
18. Masahiro Mori Ceramic Design Exhibition 2007 total 200 pieces, 35 cm X 90 cm each, Displayed on the metal pipes.
A collection of industrial ceramic pieces designed by the late Masahiro Mori 1927-2005, from his signature piece G-type Soya Sauce Bottle (1958) to 120 variations of the Shallow Rice Bowls (1992).
17. Japanese Gardens Four Seasons of Gardens in Kyoto Photographs by Mizuno Katsuhiko 2006 60 x 77 cm total 40 pieces, framed
An introduction to four seasons of gardens in Kyoto in colour photos.
16. New National Theatre Tokyo Poster Exhibition,1996-2006 2006 B1/ Total 100
Starting with the posters by Kazumasa Nagai for the inaugural opening opera performance, the exhibition includes the theatre series works by the late Ikko Tanaka, which built a great graphic design tradition that was passed on to Nobuyoshi Kikuchi. This collection represents a bird's view of the contemporary theatre scenes in Tokyo.
15. Tadanori Yoko-o Poster Exhibition: Recent Poster Works,1997-2005 2005 B1/ Total 100
An icon of creative energy from the 1960s, Yokoo has continued to be an active designer. Younger generations in particular express their interest in his works in relation to the context of anti-modern arts. Yokoo's latest poster works are all gathered here.
14. Shibusawa Memorial Museum: The Birth of Modern Industrial Society in Japan 2005 B1/ Total 100
Ukiyoe prints of early Meiji period, when western civilization suddenly poured into Japan. Photographed and re-printed in enlarged poster format.
13. Photo Panel Series by Norihiko Matsumoto:
Life of Japanese People
2005 L 90 X 60 cm =15, S 60 X 40cm=25
Total 40
Introduces aspects of Japanese daily life, such as children, sports, living quarters and food
12. Yusaku Kamekura Poster Exhibition: Graphic Giant 2005 B1/ Total 100
Posters by the late Yusaku Kamekura, once called "Design Father of Japan" from the 50's to the 90's
11. The National Theatre of Japan Poster Exhibition 2004 B1, B2 & A1/ Total 70
Posters of Japanese Traditional Performing Arts such as Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku…
10. Shin Matsunaga Poster Exhibition: The Graphic Appetite 2004 B1/ Total 70
By taking any style and subject, and digesting them into his own visual language, Shin Matsunaga displays a wide range of poster works.
9. Photo Exhibition by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi:
The World Heritage in Japan
2002 60 X 77cm/ Total 59, framed
Colour photos of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan
8. Makoto Nakamura Poster Exhibition: Afterglow of Rouge 2001 B1/ Total 50
Works created between 1963-1997, as a designer for Shiseido, Japan's leading maker of cosmetics
7. Kenya Hara Poster Exhibition:
Graphic Intensity in Mid-Tones
2001 B1/ Total 70
A leading artist amongst the younger generation of Japanese graphic designers, Kenya Hara is an awardee of prominent prizes such as Mainichi Design Award. His works in this exhibition demonstrates his unique method of highlighting the concept in soft, mid-tone colours.
6. Okinawa Classical Dance Photo Exhibition 2000 B1& B2/ Total 20
Posters of Okinawan performing arts, collected at the occasion of G8 Okinawa Summit in 2000
5. Ikko Tanaka Poster Exhibition: The Graphic Characters 2000 B1/ Total 60, Bx/ Total 11
Major works by the late Ikko Tanaka, who was known for his method of combining the aesthetics of Japan and the West.
4. Japanese Film Poster Exhibition Ongoing collection B1 & B2 / Total over 200
Classic and modern Japanese film posters, some of which were screened at the Toronto International Film Festival
3. Shigeo Fukuda Poster Exhibition: Visual Prankster 1999 B1/ Total 70
His signature graphic method of Trump-l'Oeil blossoms in his colourful works. A fun exhibition.
2. Kazumasa Nagai Poster Exhibition: The Graphic Animal 1998 B1/ Total 70
Animal-themed poster series since the 80's
1. Graphic Art Exhibition in Support for Hanshin Great Earthquake Victims 1995 32X24cm~
Total 23
Posters created by Tadanori Yoko-o, Yayoi Kusama, etc. in support of the victims of Hanshin-Awaji earthquake in 1995

Note 1: As copyright clearance is needed for any audio-visual materials, some of the posters require a similar procedure, which we request the exhibitors to handle. For example, for the usage of the National Theatre Posters, you may need to clear the image rights of individuals (actors) from Japan Stage Performer's Assocation.

Note 2: Standard Japanese Poster Sizes

  • BX size: 145.6 cm X 103 cm
  • B1 size: 103 cm X 72.8 cm
  • B2 size: 72.8 cm X 51.5 cm
Note 3: The Japan Foundation, Toronto owns poster frames, which may be made available for loan. We also have wooden crates to transport the exhibits.

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