TOKYO – The official posters are available for this year's Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The 20 posters were created by 19 artists from the fields of painting, graphic design and photography. Calligraphy and Japanese manga are also represented. Manga is the Japanese art of comics and cartooning, which is very well known in the host country.
The posters were first exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo on Monday. They will be on display at the East Tokyo Museum through February 16.
The posters are traditional at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and many previous posters have become collector's items. The obligation to produce posters is laid down in the so-called “host city contract”, in which the International Olympic Committee lays down the rules for the preparation and execution of the games.
The Summer Olympics will open in the new Tokyo National Stadium on July 24, followed by the Paralympics on August 25.
Of the 20 posters, 12 are based on Olympic themes and eight were inspired by the Paralympics. Some are equipped with wheelchairs, including a graphic representation of violence in wheelchair rugby.
Many of the pictures are anything but traditional and show bright colors and strange shapes. In many avant-garde pictures, it is difficult to see the exact connection to the Olympic or Paralympic Games. Only in a few cases are the logos of the Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic Games prominently displayed.
This also applies to the five Olympic rings, which are rarely presented.
Some of the titles are also striking: "Space Kicker" by the painter Shinro Ohtake; "The sky above the big wave off the coast of Kanagawa" by manga artist Hirohiko Araki; “Open” by calligrapher Koji Kakinuma; "Higher than the rainbow" by photographer Mika Ninagawa; "Offense No. 7" by the artist Tomoyuki Shinki; and "flow line" by graphic designer Daijiro Ohaha.