Tokyo 1964; Exhibition: ‘Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow’ (Japan House London)

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JAPAN HOUSE LONDON PRESENTS TOKYO 1964: DESIGNING TOMORROW EXHIBITION

Japan House London opens Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow, on 5 August 2021 to explore the revolutionary cultural and design legacy behind the historic Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. The exhibition shares stories and artefacts never seen before in the UK and runs until 7 November 2021.

The 1964 Games were Japan’s first, large-scale engagement with the world after the Second World War. They presented a chance to tell a fresh story and showcase Japanese creativity and design thinking across the globe, an opportunity elevated by the 1964 Games being the first to be broadcast in colour on TV to a world-wide audience via satellite.

Japan’s hosting of the Games coincided with the country’s emergence as a global leader in technological innovation. Winning the bid to host the Games increased Japan’s newfound sense of confidence and creativity epitomized by innovations such as the high speed Tōkaidō Shinkansen, or ‘bullet train’, and elevated super-highways that dramatically transformed the urban landscape with ‘space age’ design through to Seiko’s 1,278 state-of-the-art timing devices that performed precisely without errors.

This optimistic and creative environment challenged and enabled Japanese architects and designers working on the 1964 Games to develop some of the most radical architectural and graphic design that has ever been created.

These designs still resonate and influence today, including:

  • Sleek, Bauhaus-inspired modernist advertising posters created by the innovative design team led by award-winning graphic designer Kamekura Yūsaku.
  • Specially devised pictograms that helped create a visual language to guide the largest ever number of visitors to Japan the country had ever seen.
  • Striking national architecture for stadia, typified via the pioneering building design of the Olympic Memorial Tower and Yoyogi National Stadium amongst others.
  • The pioneering use of technology at the Games. From the first colour broadcasts via a geostationary satellite to the split-second accuracy of precision timekeeping provided by Seiko.

 

Exhibits on display include:

  • Original 1964 posters designed by Kamekura Yūsaku and the award-winning team of post-war designers, marking the first time that photography was used to promote an Olympic Games.
  • Tickets, posters and the design guide itself which, for the first time in a worldwide sporting event, set out the visual brand including logotype, typography and the set of newly created pictograms.
  • Architectural models showcasing the pioneering design of buildings such as the Olympic Memorial Tower by Ashihara Yoshinobu and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium by Tange Kenzō, the latter gaining the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize for its vast suspension roof design.
  • Uniform designs from the Games, including a crafted furisode kimono with obi that were worn by those presenting medals at the awards ceremonies.
Courtesy of Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum
National Indoor Stadium Main Venue and Annex Facilities Model.
This architectural presentation model was created to show the new facilities that would serve as venues for the Tokyo Olympic Games. This model shows the Yoyogi National Gymnasium and Annex, designed by Tange Kenzō. Other models exist, showing the National Stadium and Komazawa Olympic Park.
Tanseisha Co., Ltd; Wood and others; 1962; Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum & Library.
Courtesy of Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum
Kimono with obi, for use at medal awards ceremonies
At the awards ceremony, medals were carried on lacquered trays by female assistants dressed in different coloured, long-sleeved kimono (furisode). The furisode and obi that they wore had been specially commissioned from representative department stores across the country. This particular furisode is from Takashimaya. Their novel designs, incorporating embroidered versions of the Olympic rings, combined with the elegance of Japanese tradition, attracted global attention.
Takashimaya department store; silk; 1964; Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum & Library.

 

The majority of objects in the exhibition are generously loaned from the Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum & Library in Japan – many of which will be displayed for the first time in the UK.

Kawamura Hiroyuki, Director, Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum, said: “I am very pleased that we have this opportunity to share our collection in the UK in partnership with Japan House London. Please enjoy our major exhibits including the original posters designed by Kamekura Yūsaku and the models of Yoyogi National Gymnasium designed by Tange Kenzō.”

Simon Wright, Director of Programming, Japan House London said: “This exhibition shows how the design project for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, the first to be held in Asia, was revolutionary in creating a unified language by which to communicate the Games. It became the blueprint for subsequent major international sporting events. It illustrates Japan’s powerful emergence on the world stage after the dark years of the Second World War and how this Japanese design vision has influenced, and still influences, so much of what is now.”

A dedicated programme of events accompanies the exhibition including a look at the remarkable volleyball win by the ‘Witches of the Orient’.

Contributions to this exhibition, in the form of additional loaned items, have also come from The Seiko Museum Ginza in Japan and Central Japan Railway Company and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust in the UK.

 

Public Ticket Information

Tickets must be pre-booked online: www.japanhouselondon.uk

Full public information including Covid compliance and safety information can be found at: www.japanhouselondon.uk

 

Opening hours

Monday-Saturday: 11:00-18:00
Sunday: 12:00-18:00

Tokyo 2020; Exhibition: The History of Sport in Japan – From the Edo Period to the Tokyo Olympics (Edo-Tokyo Museum)

From casual pastimes to competitions and world records, “sport” in its various forms ignites the passions of people the world over. Through a wide range of exhibits which includes objects used by athletes, this exhibition looks at the history of sports, from the sport-like exercises and games of the Edo period, to the acceptance and popularization of modern sports from the Meiji era onwards, and Japan’s participation in the Olympics and later hosting of the games in Tokyo.

Exhibition Period: Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 25 August

Holidays: Mondays (Except July 15 and August 12) and Tuesday, July 16

Admission: Adults: 1,000 yen, College and Vocational students, High school students, Junior high school students and Seniors (65 and over): 500 yen, and Junior high school students living or commuting to Tokyo, Elementary school students and younger: Free

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Edo-Tokyo Museum – Photo: Martijn Giebels

Exhibition; We are Olympians, and you? (The Olympic Museum)

Image: The Olympic Museum

An exhibition about the Olympic values was opened last month at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

From The Olympic Museum:

WE ARE OLYMPIANS, AND YOU?
13 APRIL 2019 – 15 MARCH 2020

In January 2020, Lausanne is hosting the Youth Olympic Games, the event behind the creation of this programme devoted to the way in which sport can generate values and be a source of inspiration for life.

Athletes are at the heart of the exhibition and its accompanying activities. Ambassadors for the Olympic values, they share their experiences with the visitors, who are invited to become everyday Olympians.

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Video: Olympic Language – Exploring The Look of The Games (Exhibition in The Olympic Museum)

Olympic Language – Exploring The Look of The Games

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Mexico 1968; Video: Interview with Beatrice Trueblood and Eduardo Terrazas (Olympic Museum on YouTube)

Interviews with Beatrice Trueblood and Eduardo Terrazas, heads of the Mexico City 1968 creative team, by The Olympic Museum on YouTube;

 

Eduardo Terrazas : Director of Urban Design Mexico 1968

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Beatrice Trueblood : Director of Publications Mexico 1968

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Talk: “The Visual Identity Of The Mexico City 1968 Games”

TALK: “THE VISUAL IDENTITY OF THE MEXICO CITY 1968 GAMES”
With Beatrice Trueblood and Eduardo Terrazas, heads of the Mexico City 1968 creative team
In collaboration with the ECAL, Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne

“OLYMPIC LANGUAGE: exploring the Look of the Games” is the theme of the Olympic Museum programme in 2018, a year that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mexico City Games in 1968 – a particularly significant edition in terms of visual identity.

Flashback with the two key design figures of this edition: Eduardo Terrazas, Director of the Urban Design Programme, and Beatrice Trueblood, Director of Publications. After several months of intense work, they managed to create the distinctive, modern and powerful graphic identity of the Mexico City 1968 Games, which still resonates to this day. How did they go about their work? What were there inspirations, their doubts…?

Both Eduardo and Beatrice will be there in person to recount their story, with the same level of passion and commitment as ever. A great opportunity to hear them speak – not to be missed!

Beatrice Trueblood
Designer, Director of Publications
Born in 1938 to a Latvian family of diplomats, Beatrice Trueblood grew up in the United States. In 1966, she was appointed Director of Publications by the Mexico City Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, leading an international team of 250 people. Working closely with Eduardo Terrazas, she designed the visual identity of the Mexico City 1968 programme. Her contribution as designer and editor concluded in 1970 with the publication of four volumes of “Olympic Memoirs”. Between 1972 and 1975, she worked as Director of Publications at the Mexican Olympic Committee, then at the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City. In 1976, she set up her own company, where she produced art books and publications about Mexican culture.

Eduardo Terrazas
Designer, urban planner, architect, artist
Born in 1936 in Guadalajara, Mexico, Eduardo Terrazas is a designer, architect, museographer, urban planner and artist. His 600 or so works are a vibrant fusion of geometry and craft, blending popular South American art with European avant-garde influences. Appointed Director of the Urban Design Programme by the Mexico City Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Eduardo designed the logo and visual identity elements for Mexico City 1968 with Beatrice Trueblood. After the Games, he continued with his multi-disciplinary career and took part in a number of national and international institutional projects. Today, Eduardo is one of the best known artists in Mexico.

 

PRACTICAL INFO
Talk in English
Thursday 24 May 2018, 6 p.m.
IKEA Auditorium, ECAL – Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne
5, avenue du Temple
1020 Renens
Tel.: +41 (0)21 316 99 33
Email: ecal@ecal.ch

 

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Exhibition; Olympic Language (The Olympic Museum)

" OLYMPIC LANGUAGE - exploring the Look of the Games" from 10.05.2018 until 28.03.2019

 

An exhibition about ‘The Look of the Games’ opens next month at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

From The Olympic Museum:

COME AND EXPLORE THE LOOK OF THE GAMES
From 10 May to 17 March 2019

What do the mascots, pictograms, torches and medals all have in common? Answer: their graphic identity! Bursting with colour and distinctive shapes, the visual identity developed for the Games reflects the spirit of a city and a country; it is a language in its own right that forms part of the universal language of the five rings. OLYMPIC LANGUAGE shows how host cities present themselves to the world by shining a spotlight on some particularly interesting Looks of the Games. Find out the secrets behind designing a successful visual identity and get creative at The Museum. The programme is free of charge.

 

For more information visit the The Olympic Museum website.

 

Update 21-05-2018; New video

Visual identity: the signature look of each Games edition

The Olympic Museum on YouTube
 

 

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