Off the Wall: the art of the Japanese Movie Poster
Gangsters, monsters, samurai and cartoon characters.
The Japanese film industry entered a Golden Age from the 1950s onwards. Classic films were promoted by a new genre of art – the Japanese movie poster. Created by nameless designers from a few still photographs and some bold lettering, these posters have become collectors’ items the world over, admired in their own right as much as for the films they promote.
This exhibition uses the collection of Japanese movie posters created by Durham University’s Oriental Museum to explore this world of bold and playful graphic design.
Previously displayed at Palace Green Library, visitors will have another chance to see this exhibition at the Oriental Museum as part of the Celebration of Japan to mark the relaunch of Japanese Studies at Durham University this October.