Events / art

Ikko Tanaka "Design of Happiness"

Apr 22 - Jun 11

Graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) was born in Nara and worked as a graphic designer in Japan and around the world. Tanaka grew up with the history and culture of Nara from an early age. After spending his school years in Kyoto, he started his career as a designer in Osaka before moving to Tokyo. His career coincided with the dawn and development of Japanese graphic design, and even as 2022 marked the 20th anniversary of his death, his work continues to influence design around the world.

As a graphic designer, Tanaka demonstrated his skills in editorial design such as posters and books, and corporate and organizational design such as logos and CI. He was also highly skilled as a director and producer who communicated and introduced culture through design.

This exhibition introduces Tanaka's creative activities in step with the times, focusing on his poster and graphic artwork from his vast body of work. Through representative works selected from the museum's collection of over 200 pieces, the collaboration between Tanaka and Issey Miyake, and achievements that demonstrate the close relationship between design and society, such as logo marks, this exhibition will provide an opportunity for visitors to feel the creative energy that never ceases to inspire.


Ikko Tanaka

Opening Hours

Open from 9:00 - 17:00.

Closed on Monday.

Open on a public holiday Monday but closed on the following day.

Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Adults ¥1200, University and High School Students ¥1000, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥800, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free


Nara Prefectural Museum of Art

10-6 Noborioji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara 630-8213


5 minute walk from exit 1 at Nara Station on the Kintetsu line; From the East exit of JR Nara Station, take the Nara Kotsu bus and get off at Kenchomae. The venue is 2 minute walk from there