Press release by Tokyo 2020:
Tokyo, 22 June 2021 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today unveiled two ‘Iconic Posters’ that will be used to symbolise and promote the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The posters were selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) from 20 Tokyo 2020 official art posters created by internationally- renowned Japanese and overseas artists. Twelve of the posters are based on the theme of the Olympic Games and eight on the Paralympic Games. It is the first time that a separate Iconic Poster has been selected to symbolise the Paralympic Games.
The release of official art posters is one of the prerequisites from the Host City, to create a cultural legacy forever associated with a specific edition of the Games. Selected by the IOC from the series of the Tokyo 2020 Art Posters, the ‘Iconic Posters’ will represent the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and other museum collections and special exhibitions around the world for generations to come. The IPC did not select a poster for past Paralympic Games; however, it decided to select one for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The copyright and ownership of the two original Iconic Posters will be transferred to the IOC and the IPC respectively.