“Spirit & Nature – Graphic Design Exhibition of Koichi Sato”
showcases masterpieces of the Japanese design master

Date of publication: 05/11/2021
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Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) and co-organised by the Macau Designers Association, the “Spirit & Nature – Graphic Design Exhibition of Koichi Sato” features nearly 76 posters and other related graphic design works by Koichi Sato, most of which are representative works of his design career. The exhibition is held from November to December at the Old Court Building. Admission is free.

The opening ceremony was held on 5 November at the Old Court Building, and was officiated by the President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Mok Ian Ian; the Deputy Director of the Department of Publicity and Culture of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao S.A.R., Yin Rutao; the Chairman of the Macau Designers Association, Chao Sio Leong; and the curators Du Xiao and Han Wenbin.

The design works of this exhibition include the masterpiece New Music Media, the “Box Series” which explores colours in diversified forms and the “Mount Fuji Series” which showcases the image of Japan, as well as the “Palm” series and works that play with words and composition. In addition, the exhibition features manuscripts and a collection of essays by Koichi Sato and nearly 16 works by his students. The exhibits are classified and interpreted according to different styles, revealing the styles and characteristics of Koichi Sato’s works in different periods of creation in a systematic way and through various perspectives. Coupled with documents and students’ works, the exhibition allows the public to gain a better understanding of the aesthetic ideas of the designer and his contributions to education, initiating an in-depth discussion on the relationship of design, nationality, art and education.

Born in Japan, Koichi Sato (1944-2016) was one of the outstanding representative figures of the new-generation graphic designers in Japan after World War II. With the strong oriental aesthetic characteristics of his designs and creative concepts in modern design, his works won recognition from the international design community and were collected by renowned art galleries in many countries. In the latter half of his career, Koichi Sato devoted himself to design education, seeking to stimulate the personal characteristics and potential of students through the application of self-exploration.

The exhibition is held from 6 November to 31 December 2021, at the Old Court Building, and is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 8pm, including on public holidays. Admission is free. For more information about the exhibition, please contact IC through tel. no. 8988 4000 or email to info.ddav@icm.gov.mo.

IC will closely monitor the development of the pandemic, follow the relevant guidelines of the Health Bureau and implement appropriate measures in a timely manner. The public is advised to co-operate with the crowd control measures and everyone must wear their own masks, undergo body temperature checks, and present their health codes of the day upon entry.