Kenichi Kuriyagawa Retrospective

By Sate – on February 17th, 2014

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栗谷川健一展 | 北海道をデザインした男@北海道立近代美術館
|||Kenichi Kuriyagawa Retrospective @ Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art|||

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ABOUT

北海道をデザインした男、栗谷川健一  
新緑の牧場、落陽に赤々と染まる空、白銀の山に抱かれた近代都市・札幌…北海道の自然と
人間をモチーフに、色あざやかで詩情ゆたかなイメージを描き出したのが、グラフィック・デザイ
ナーの栗谷川健一。
戦後、官民が推し進めた観光振興の動きのなかで、栗谷川健一は北海道の魅力をアピール
する数多くの観光ポスターを手がけた。それらは広く社会に浸透し、北 海道らしさを表すビジュ
アル・イメージの原点となった。彼こそ、デザインの領域において“北海道”を生み出した人物と
も言える。

時代を伝えるポスター約120点、手描きのポスター原画約40点など
本展では代表的な観光ポスターをはじめ、札幌オリンピック(1972年)などの大規模イベントか
ら、日常生活に関わる啓発や告知を目的とするものまで、時代の息吹を伝える多種多様なポス
ター約120点と手描きのポスター原画約40点を展示。

栗谷川健一 (1911~1999)
北海道岩見沢の開拓農家に生まれ、独学でグラフィック・デザイナーの道を切り開く。国鉄、道
内自治体や観光協会、札幌オリンピックなどの膨大な数のポス ターを手がけた。国内外のコン
クールでの受賞多数。デザインの普及や後進の育成にいちはやく取り組むなど、北海道デザイ
ン界のパイオニアとして大きな業績 を残した。

||| The man who ‘designed’ Hokkaido – Kuriyagawa Kenichi
Bright skies and fresh greens, motifs of humans in nature, motifs of Sapporo city,
Hokkaido’s silvery white mountains – graphic designer Kuriyagawa drew poetry-like
images in vivid colors and nostalgic expression.
Among the movement of tourism promotion after the war, in which the public and private
sectors were promoted heavily, Kuriyagawa Kenichi was hired for a number of tourist
posters for creating an appealing Hokkaido to the rest of Japan. These images were
becoming very popular and visually representative for the qualities of Hokkaido. Through
‘desiging’ his vision of Hokkaido, Kuriyagawa counts certainly to the most influential
graphic design artists of Hokkaido.

||| Exhibited Artworks
Exhibited are about 120 posters that depict the era, and about 40 original hand-painted
posters. The more commercial artworks ranging from tourism-typical posters to
advertisement posters of large-scale events such as the Sapporo Olympic Winter Games in
1972, to the city’s annual Snow Festival. Others depict notions fo Hokkaido’s abundant
nature and insights into the daily life of Hokkaido people.

||| Kuriyagawa Kenichi (1911 – 1999)
Born to Hokkaido pioneer farmers in Iwamizawa (Hokkaido), Kuriyagawa Kenichi was an
auto-didact and paved his way as graphic designer entirely on his own. His skills and eye
for beautiful designs was quickly noticed and he received assignments for creating posters
for the Japanese National Railways company, Hokkaido tourism associations and local
governments. Kuriyagawa won also a number of national and international awards and
competitions.
He was also strongly engaged in the development of next generation art education and the
overall promotion of graphic design, leaving a great achievement as pioneer in the design
world of Hokkaido.

EXHIBITION DETAILS

WHEN:          2014.2.1 (Sat) – 2014.3.23 (Sun) | CLOSED: Mondays
TIME:             OPEN: 9:30 – 17:00
TICKET:        Adults: 1000yen | Students: 300~600yen
PLACE:          北海道立近代美術館 |札幌市中央区北1条西17丁目
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art | Sapporo, Chuo-ku, N1W17
WEBSITE:   Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art Website [Japanese]

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Details

  • Date:
    2月01日(土) - 3月23日(日) | 9:30 - 17:00 | CLOSED: Mondays