Tokyo 2020 unveils Official Art Posters to celebrate Games

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The Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020 has unveiled official art posters to celebrate the Games, scheduled from July 14 to August 9 this year.

The twenty Tokyo 2020 official art posters are designed by manga artists, calligraphers, painters, graphic designers from Japan and other international artists like British Turner-prize winner Chris Ofili, Tokyo 2020 has reported on its official website.

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A kaleidoscope of inspired artworks, these posters embody the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Naoki Usawa, a Japanese award-winning manga artist, who created a comic book-type Olympic poster said, “It is my attempt at representations that transcend sporting events, race and gender.”

Graphic designer Goo Choki Par created a Paralympic poster featuring an abstract form of an individual moving forward. “The work pays homage to what each and every athlete has achieved, and to the history of human endeavor and progress,” he said.

Twelve posters are based on the Olympic theme and eight on Paralympics Games.

The posters can be viewed from January 7 to February 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, which is one of the top museums in Japan. It is hosted by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture and Tokyo 2020.

The art posters will also be presented to the public across the capital to signal the fast approaching Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and they will feature in the range of official licensed merchandise.

Since the early 20th century, posters have been created by Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (OCOGs) to promote and advertise this major sporting and cultural event. With their broad popular appeal and bold, easily recognisable imagery, Olympic posters continue to capture the international imagination and help establish each Games’ specific look and feel. Some OCOGs have commissioned internationally renowned artists and designers to create highly individualistic posters and to leave a powerful legacy forever associated with a specific edition of the Olympic. Many of these Olympic art posters have become artistic and cultural icons. More recently, Paralympic posters have been specifically created for each Paralympic Games.

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