April 13 – May 13, 2016
The Japan Foundation, Toronto
The works exhibited here form a set of posters, compiled as an initiative of the Hyogo Aid ’95 Committee in 1996. In order to support the victims of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, twenty-three artists, designers, and photographers contributed images of their original works. In A1 size, a common poster format in Japan, these artworks were reproduced using state-of-the-art printing technology. Tadanori Yokoo, one of the star participating artists of this series, designed the exhibition poster and visited The Japan Foundation, Toronto for the opening.
The journey is the reward.
In 1995, the Japan Foundation, Toronto was reborn. What began as an office became a fully-fledged cultural centre, complete with a gallery for the exhibition of Japanese and Japan-related artworks.
And the exhibition that first graced our gallery walls at our original location in the Colonnade was Hyogo Aid ’95.
1995 was the year of the devastating Great Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe in which over six thousand lives were lost. The international community embraced the people of Japan, and we were overwhelmed by the kind thoughts of those in Canada and all over the world.
Many Japanese artists also showed their solidarity by contributing works of art in support of recovery efforts. Thus the Hyogo Aid ’95 project was born.
Now we find ourselves twenty years on in a new location, looking back on the many exhibitions and programs we have been able to present. Seeing the artwork in this collection on the gallery walls at the Japan Foundation, Toronto once again, I am reminded of the journey we have taken. A journey that has without a doubt been worthwhile.
I am delighted to welcome you to our new gallery space, and hope that you will be inspired by the images you see to reflect not only on the past, but on the future as well.
Japan Foundation, Toronto
Monday: 11:30 am – 6:30 pm EXTENDED HOURS
Tuesday: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am – 6:30 pm EXTENDED HOURS
Friday: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
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