Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters

Since the early 20th century, posters have been created by Organising Committees of the Olympic Games to promote and advertise this major sporting and cultural event. Olympic posters also play the role of showcasing each Games' special features to the world.

Recently, official posters have been created by internationally renowned artists and designers aimed at leaving cultural and artistic legacies for the individual Olympic and Paralympic Games. These posters thus include works that are regarded as the icons of their age.

For the Tokyo 2020 Games, artists will create artworks based on the theme of the Olympic or Paralympic Games and use them as a posters in order to foster momentum in the build-up to the Games.

Related Links:Olympic Summer Games Posters from Athens 1896 to Rio 2016(Open in a new window)

The Artists

The final line up of artist were chosen by an Artist Selection Committee comprised by senior figures from the worlds of art, culture and design. In liaison with the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage, the Committee has selected the artists to produce the artworks.

Artists of works for the Olympics

Japanese artists

Naoki Urasawa
Manga Artist

Shinro Ohtake
Painter

Daijiro Ohara
Graphic Designer

Shoko Kanazawa
Calligrapher
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Tomoko Konoike
Artist

Taku Sato
Graphic Designer

Asao Tokolo
Artist

Takashi Homma
Photographer

Overseas artists

Theseus Chan
Art Director

Chris Ofili
Artist

Viviane Sassen
Photographer
©Hanneke van Leeuwen

Philippe Weisbecker
Artist
©Ayumi Shino

Artists of works for the Paralympics

Hirohiko Araki
Manga Artist

Koji Kakinuma
Calligrapher

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Graphic Designer

Tomoyuki Shinki
Artist

Asao Tokolo
Artist

Mika Ninagawa
Photographer, Film Director

Chihiro Mori
Artist

Akira Yamaguchi
Painter
(photo by Yohei Sogabe)

Artists Selection Committee Members

As of December 2019

Masanori Aoyagi Chairman, Tokyo 2020 Culture and Education Commission
Chairman of Board of Directors, Tama Art University
Director General, Archaeogical Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture
Emeritus Professor, the University of Tokyo
Yuji Akimoto Member of Tokyo 2020 Culture and Education Commission
Director and Professor of the University Arts Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Director, Nerima Art Museum
Sumiko Imai Member of Tokyo 2020 Advisory Meeting
Environmental Designer
Hiroshi Imanaka Member of Tokyo 2020 Culture and Education Commission
President, Social Welfare Foundation SOOHKAI
Creative Director, Atelier Incurve
Teiya Iwabuchi Editor in Chief of BIJUTSUTECHO
Noriko Kawakami Design Journalist
Mineko Orisaku Member of Tokyo 2020 Culture and Education Commission Photographer, Professor, Osaka University of Arts
Tsuyoshi Tane Architect Founder, Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects
Tomoko Yabumae Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Tokyo 2020 Official Art posters Exhibition

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture will hold a Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters Exhibition at the entrance hall of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from Tuesday, 7 January to Sunday, 16 February, 2020.
The Tokyo 2020 official art posters (20 in total) will be unveiled for the first time to the public at this exhibition.

The Tokyo 2020 official art posters are intended to help increase the momentum of the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, and have been created based on the themes of the Olympics and Paralympics by Japanese and other global figures in the art world.

During the exhibition period, talk events will also be held with a moderator and the participation of the creators of the official art posters. The details, including the date and participants' details, will be announced as soon as they are decided on the website created for the exhibition.

Outline

Name of the exhibition Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters Exhibition
Posters to be displayed Tokyo 2020 official art posters
(20 works-12 created on the theme of the Olympics and eight on the Paralympics)
Period Tuesday 7 January to Sunday 16 February 2020
(36 days excluding the days on which the museum is closed)
Place Entrance hall of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
(4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Opening hours 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays(except 13 January 2020), 14 January 2020
Admission Free
Accsess MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO(Open in a new window)
Organized by The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
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Exhibition method

The Tokyo 2020 emblems are composed of three varieties of rectangular shapes and are designed to represent different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. At the Tokyo 2020 Official Art Poster Exhibition, the motifs of rectangular shapes comprising the emblems will be lined up across the entrance space of the venue as an element of the exhibition. These motifs, which indicate diversity and equality, will be used to create a special space for the exhibition of the works of artists from a variety of backgrounds.

Illustrative images
The motifs of the rectangular shapes comprising the emblems will be lined up without changing their original layout angles to create a special exhibition space for the posters.