The Japan Foundation, Seoul
The Japan Foundation, Seoul, in collaboration with Kookmin University Zeroone Design Center, organized an exhibition entitled "Tadanori Yokoo Poster Exhibition" from August 30 to September 30. Tadanori Yokoo, currently residing in Japan, is one of the most successful Japanese artist and graphic designer. The exhibition presented graphic art works from 1965 when Tadanori bid farewell to modernism design. The Zeroone Design Center exhibited works from 1965 to 1998, and the Japan Foundation, Seoul presented works from 1999 to 2007. At the opening ceremony, a dialogue session between Shoji Katagishi, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, and a Korean art critic was presented under the title "The direction of contemporary graphic design in Japan and the works of Tadanori Yokoo." The one-man exhibition of the artist held for the first time in Korea created a perfect opportunity to develop deeper understanding of the Japanese stream of popular culture and contemporary design in Korea.
The Japan Foundation, Seoul also co-organized with CineQuaNon Korea (CQN) the "CQN Selected Masterpieces of Japanese Cinema" screening a series of 16mm Japanese major films with Korean subtitles from its collection. The screening took place at CineQuaNon; a movie theatre designated by the Korean Film Council as a theatre dedicated to art films. The first series featured a retrospective of the world-famous Japanese director Shohei Imamura, and was screened every Friday from September through October.
Shohei Imamura, who made his debut with the film "Stolen Desire" in 1958, has lead the Japanese new wave movement together with movie director Nagisa Oshima in the 1960s. Imamura won high appraisal form the world, and was awarded the Palme d'Or (Grand Prix) at the Cannes International Film Festival for "Stolen Desire" in 1982 and "The Eel" in 1997. The Shohei Imamura Retrospective featured 8 films, and the Japan Foundation, Seoul is planning to unfold a variety of special showings, along with inviting movie directors to undertake dialogues with people of the Korean film industry.