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    Showcase "AOYAMA CREATORS STOCK 10: FREAKS by Shin Matsunaga"

Shin Matsunaga features in this, the tenth installment in a series of solo exhibits of
graphic designers held in Aoyama MIHONCHO's showcase.

Showcase "AOYAMA CREATORS STOCK 10: FREAKS by Shin Matsunaga"

FREAKS began as bronze sculptures that I had fun creating night after night
as a counterweight to my day job in graphic design.
I called them "metal freaks," and continued to develop the concept over the years as I aged.
This exhibition features a world of freewheeling drawings that
I have brought together in a book, along with postcards and posters.
Enjoy the world of freaks that act on impulse, doing whatever suits them, with no planning.
– Shin Matsunaga


December 1st, 2017 (Fri.) – January 26th, 2018 (Fri.)
Open hours: 11:00-19:00
Except: Saturdays, Sundays, official holidays, December 29th-January 4th
- Open until 20:30 on the first day, December 1. (Sale of paper will end 30 minutes earlier than normal at 18:30.)
- Open until 17:00 on January 5th.


Shin Matsunaga
Graphic designer. Born in Tokyo in 1940. 
After completing the design course at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music (now, Tokyo University of the Arts)
in 1964, he initially worked in the advertising division of Shiseido Co., Ltd.
In 1971 he founded Shin Matsunaga Design Inc. 
His major works to date include: a series of peace posters; package design for Scottie tissues,
Can Chu-Hi beverage, Shiseido “uno” men’s cosmetics, and the French cigarette brand Gitanes
(finishing first in an international competition); CI planning for such clients as ISSEY MIYAKE,
the National Museum of Western Art, and Benesse Corporation;
and the book design for the Constitution of Japan that became a major bestseller. 
The direct approach and simple yet powerful impact of his designs have won a wide following. 
Major solo exhibitions of Matsunaga's work have been held in Warsaw, New York and other cities.
Works are included in the permanent collections of 88 museums in Japan and around the world. 
Matsunaga has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including:
Gold Medal and Honorary Award at the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw,
Mainichi Design Award, the Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize for Freshmen,
Japan Advertising Award Yamana Prize, Moscow Golden Bee Award, ICOGRADA Grand Prize,
New York ADC Silver Award, Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese Government,
Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, and Memorial Prize of Hiromu Hara. 
Member of AGI and Tokyo ADC. Director of JAGDA and Japan Design Committee.
 

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