Makoto Wada (1936–2019) is widely known as an illustrator and graphic designer, but he was a man who wore many hats, including film director, essayist, songwriter, composer, and animator. His rich and varied creativity spanned multiple genres.

The works of Makoto Wada panned out one after another, one job leading to the next, which then prepared the way for attracting projects in other fields. He did a first-rate job in a wide variety of areas, whether he was creating illustrations for picture books, which motivated him to start writing himself, or he was writing children's stories, which led him to compose music for them, as well, or he was getting into creating concert posters thanks to his association with musicians, which then led him to go on to stage design and direction, and even to directing his own films.

This is the first major solo exhibition of Makoto Wada's work since his death in 2019. Rather than focussing on one particular area of his oeuvre, the exhibition presents an overall view of his work. It is our hope that viewers come to know aspects of Makoto Wada that they may not have been aware of, and get a feel for the unique culture that he produced. To achieve this, it provides a bird's eye view of his work overall, while also featuring individual works that may seem surprising in light of the image of Wada that most people have come to know.

Wada Makoto Exhibition Official Website

Mitsurin' ichi kirei na hyo no hanashi
Mitsurin' ichi kirei na hyo no hanashi, Kudo Naoko, 2018, Zuiunsha (1975, Gingasha)
Collection: Tama Art University Art Archive Center
©Wada Makoto