Using Bauhaus Aesthetics in Propaganda – Japanese Graphic Design in the Prewar Era

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Of the four Japanese who studied at Bauhaus between 1927 and 1933, Satoshi Yamawaki (1898 – 1987) and his wife Michiko (1910 – 2000) studied at Bauhaus from 1930 to 1932. Originally Yasushi Yamawaki, who specialized in architecture, the works he completed during the Bauhaus period were mainly photographs and collages.

One of them is a collage work titled “Blowing Bauhaus Schlag gegen das Bauhaus” (1933). In 1933, Yamawaki’s work was still understood as a criticism of the totalitarian political system, but changes were seen at the end of the 30s. The Japanese government commissioned a photo collage for the 1939 San Francisco World Exposition, which was used to direct Japan as a strong and vibrant nation. In this lecture, we will clarify how graphic design and photojournalism, which were still new in Japan at the time, were used efficiently as a means of national propaganda.

Lecture by Dr. Atsuko Kashiwagi, Associate Professor of Department of Media Creation, Doshisha Women’s University.

Event Details

  • Date:

    Oct. 25, 2019 - Oct. 25, 2019

  • Time:

    19:00 - 22:00

  • Price:

    Free

  • More Info:

    Event Website

  • Location:

    Goethe-Institut Tokyo
    7 Chome-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku

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Event Details

  • Date:

    Oct. 25, 2019 - Oct. 25, 2019

  • Time:

    19:00 - 22:00

  • Price:

    Free

  • More Info:

    Event Website

  • Location:

    Goethe-Institut Tokyo
    7 Chome-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku

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