Miffy Creator Dick Bruna to Receive Exhibition at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

16.August.2018 | SPOT

Dutch Bruna, the famous Dutch author, illustrator and graphic designer known for creating the picture book series Miffy is getting his own exhibition at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse titled “The Secret of Simplicity: Duck Bruna’s Design” which will run from August 18 to September 3.

Bruna’s most recognised illustrations are those in the Zwarte Beertjes, or ‘little black bears’ series of paperbacks. He is noted for his characteristic simple style which sees him chipping off any unnecessary parts while lacing his designs with his heart and unique humour.

The exhibition will showcase close to 500 pieces from Dick Bruna including his 200+ paperbacks, around 40 original illustrations, sketches, as well as reproductions of original Miffy and Boris drawings.

 

There will also be new works by up-and-coming artists in the Japanese design scene including those from KIGI, groovisions, Norio Nakamura and Mint Designs, all of whom have taken inspiration from Bruna. Their works will cover a range of genres including graphic design, product design and fashion. You will get to enjoy the appeal of what exactly makes these works simple.

Summer will be over soon, so head on over to Yokohama and experience the world of Dick Bruna.

 

■Information

The Secret of Simplicity: Duck Bruna’s Design

Date: August 18, 2018 – September 3, 2018 (*No closures scheduled
Time: Weekdays 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entries 4:30pm) / Weekends 10:00am-7:00pm (Last Entries 6:30pm)
Location: 2F Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1

 

Price

Same-Day: General – ¥1,000 / High School Student – ¥700 / Middle School Student – ¥500 / Elementary School Student – ¥300

Advance: General – ¥800 / High School Student – ¥500 / Middle School Student – ¥400 / Elementary School Student – ¥300

 

Exhibition Website: http://bruna-design.jp/

 

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  • Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ CD Cover Displayed at Otsuka Museum of Art

    07.July.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Since Kenshi Yonezu released his single Lemon in March last year, it has gone on to enjoy huge success, reaching numerous milestones.

     

    The song was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it had reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million. Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.

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    As a show of gratitude to how much Lemon has resonated with people, the CD cover art will be displayed permanently at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima in the form of a ceramic tile from July 30.

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