The 10th International Poster Triennial in Toyama

Originally written for the Vol.6-No.3 edition (July 31, 2012) of the Toyama Hot News e-newsletter.

The 10th International Poster Triennial in Toyama (IPT) exhibition is currently being held at the Museum of Modern Art and continues through September 3rd. With posters submitted, judged, and selected from all over the world, this is the only international public poster exhibit in Japan. The first event was held in 1985, and has been held once every three years. This year, a record 4,622 pieces were submitted from 53 countries/regions.

In the first screening in February, the jury panel selected 290 works for Category A (posters published since 2009) and 108 works for Category B (original unpublished posters). A second screening determined the prize winners. The poster exhibition consists of the 398 selected posters as well as works by judges, for a total of 422 works. From within Toyama Prefecture, there were 151 submissions from 40 artists, with 16 posters from 12 artists selected for the exhibition.

Many of the entrees this year drew inspiration from the Great East Japan Earthquake, and social issues such as those involving human rights, race, and the environment. The exhibit is brimming with an international atmosphere, and notable works include posters that use modern graphic design on the powerful strokes of Chinese characters.

Concurrent events include lectures by art directors Hideki Nakajima and Katsumi Asaba (both on the jury panel), and gallery talks by curators.

The “Toyama, City of Posters” project is also on-going through October 31st. A jumbo-sized official poster for the 2012 International Poster Triennial (by Kazumasa Nagai) is currently fixed on the Toyama Chamber of Commerce building, posters of past prize winners and works by members of the Toyama Art Directors Club are displayed in busy areas around the city center, and still other posters are placed in spaces such as hotels and even beer gardens!

Satellite exhibitions will later be held in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukushima, with a focus on the top ranked posters from all ten events so far.

The Museum of Modern Art states, “Posters are said to be mirrors that reflect the times, so the ‘now’ of the world is communicated by looking at these works.”

The 10th International Poster Triennial in Toyama’s English website.

Source (article and image): Toyama Just Now