Speaking of Kiyoshi Awazu, here's a link to his site. From his profile:
Born in Tokyo in 1929. Self-taught in painting and design. In 1955, received the Japan Advertising Artists Club Award at the Japan Advertising Art Exhibition; in 1958, Grand Prix at the World Film Poster Competition in France. In 1959, established the Awazu Design Institute (now, Awazu Design Room). While consistently remaining among the top ranks of Japanese graphic designers, throughout his career he has engaged in a remarkably broad range of activities-including urban design, exhibition design and film production-in collaboration with artists from fields spanning from architecture and music to literature and cinema.I know it's lazy to just quote, but click the link to look at his work. I discovered the breadth of his work at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (see previous post).
While traveling through Japan last winter, I stumbled upon this museum in Kanazawa (where I had the best sushi of my life). About the architecture:
The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa stands in the center of Kanazawa, on a site linking together diverse but equally important city functions. Circular in form, with a diameter of 112.5 meters, the building has no front or back, leaving it free to be explored from all directions. While being a reaction to the accessibility of the site from multiple points of entry, as well as to its breadth, the circularity of the plan also works in concert with keeping the overall building volume low, to effectively mitigate the scale of the project and an overly grand presence common to large institutions. In order to further encourage the multiplicity of approaches, the architects have intentionally resisted establishing a primary façade or entrance.I managed to catch a cool exhibit of work by Kiyoshi Awazu. I bought the catalog, but unfortunately the museum site hasn't posted much of the work online.
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