Featuring artwork from Chris Ofili, other internationally renowned artists and 19 artists from Japan
At the start of the year in 2020, The Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters will officially be unveiled for the first time in public. The 20 posters will be displayed at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, one of the top museums in the country, from 7 January to 16 February.
These art posters will encourage everyone to get into the Olympic and Paralympic spirit and celebrate sporting excellence during the Tokyo 2020 Games.
British Turner Prize-winning painter Chris Ofili has joined the line-up of internationally renowned artists who will contribute artworks. Ofili has previously been commissioned to create poster artwork for London 2012.
Apart from Ofili, the exhibition will also feature the work of artists from Japan like manga artists Naoki Urasawa and Hirohiko Araki and a number of other countries on the theme of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Artist Chris Ofili
This exhibition will be the first public display of the Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters. Asao Tokolo, the Japanese artist who designed the Tokyo 2020 emblems, will create two works, one based on the theme of the Olympic Games and the other based on the Paralympic Games.
This project is in collaboration with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.
Prior to the exhibition, Tokyo 2020 plans to hold a press preview and an opening ceremony on 6 January. Details of the press preview and the opening ceremony will be announced later.
About Official Art Posters
Since the early 20th century, posters have been created by Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (OCOGs) to promote and advertise this major sporting and cultural event. With their broad popular appeal and bold, easily recognisable imagery, Olympic posters continue to capture the international imagination and help establish each Games' specific look and feel. Some OCOGs have commissioned internationally renowned artists and designers to create highly individualistic posters and to leave a powerful legacy forever associated with a specific edition of the Olympic. Many of these Olympic art posters have become artistic and cultural icons. More recently, Paralympic posters have been specifically created for each Paralympic Games.