Japanese poster art at CMU Art Center
Takashi Akiyama (4th left) is joined by Japanese
Consul General Akihiko Fujii (3rd left) and Dr. Pongdej Chaiyakul, Dean of
the Faculty of Fine Arts CMU and organizers of the event at the grand
By Shana Kongmun
Japanese art and pop culture has seen tremendous popularity in
Thailand and across Asia, the works of famed Japanese poster artist Takashi
Akiyama opened at Chiang Mai University Art Center on Friday, September 12,
2014. Dr. Pongdej Chaiyakul, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, CMU and
Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii attended the grand opening of the
exhibition which runs through September 28, 2014.
Takashi Akiyama is a professor at Tama University where he teaches design;
he is also the director of the Takashi Akiyama Poster Museum in Nagaoka,
Japan. He is considered one of the top graphical illustrators in Japan and
is known for his social commentary and humor in his poster art. This award
winning artist has received accolades for his posters on ecology, AIDS and
other important social issues. He has said that illustrations can fill in
the gaps left by language, allowing everyone to understand the message.
CMU Art Center is open daily except Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photos
courtesy of LiLi Tan)
Professor Takashi Akiyama’s graphical posters
have won awards including the Gold Prize in The Warsaw International Poster
Biennial, 1986, Poland. The artist uses graphic illustrations to spread
messages about ecology, AIDS and other social issues.
Korea’s Dr Sun Ock Lee to bring acclaimed Zen Dance Workshops to Chiang Mai
This September, Traidhos Arts Residency Thailand will welcome renowned
artist, Dr Sun Ock Lee, critically acclaimed professor, choreographer
and dancer. Her pioneering Zen-Dance technique was founded in New York
City in 1972 and has been performed by international dance troupes all
over the world. Lee will be teaching, performing and conducting
workshops during her residency.
For over thirty years, the acclaimed Korean dancer and choreographer has
been teaching and performing throughout Europe, USA and Asia. Dr Lee is
renowned in her native Korea and the United States for her extraordinary
dance form based on the mastery of the mind/body techniques of Korean
Sun Mu – Zen Dance.
Inspired by and developed for well-being in our contemporary
environment, it is a hybrid of Zen and dance meant for public
performance, daily practice, and clinical therapy. Her technique and
therapy have been received with international recognition at holistic
centres and New Age institutes around the world and have been used for
programmes focused on breast and womb cancer, spinal disc management,
pre-and post-natal conditions and stress reduction for people of all
ages and occupations.
Alex Soulsby, Traidhos Arts and Creative Programmes Manager and Director
of Arts Residency Thailand said, “It’s a privilege to be able to work
with practitioners like Dr Lee. Providing engagement opportunities of
this calibre to our students helps to foster an understanding and love
of the arts that will stay with them for life.”
Dr Lee will be in residence at Traidhos Three-Generation Community for
Learning from 28 September - 7 October 2014. For more information about
Dr Lee’s residency, or about Artist Residency Thailand’s wider
programme, please contact Alex Soulsby at [email protected] threegeneration.org or
go to www.artistresidencythailand.com.