Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Avant-garde Tokyo Olympics posters unveiled

A man stands in front of a poster created by artist Tomoko Konoike, one of 20 posters officially selected for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Jae C Hong/AP)
A man stands in front of a poster created by artist Tomoko Konoike, one of 20 posters officially selected for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Jae C Hong/AP)

The official posters for this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been unveiled.

The 20 posters have been created by 19 artists in fields ranging from painting, graphic design and photography, while calligraphy and Japanese manga are also represented.

Manga is the Japanese art of comics and cartooning, which is famous in the host country.

A poster created by artist Naoki Urasawa, one of 20 posters officially selected for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
A poster by Naoki Urasawa, one of 20 posters officially selected for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Jae C Hong/AP)

The posters have gone on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo until February 16.

Posters are a tradition at every Olympics and Paralympics, and many previous posters have become collector’s items.

The requirement to create posters is set out in the so-called “host city contract” in which the International Olympic Committee establishes the rules for the preparation and management of the Games.

A photographer takes pictures of official posters selected for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
A photographer takes pictures of the official posters (Jae C Hong/AP)

The Summer Olympics open at Tokyo’s new National Stadium on July 24 and are followed by the Paralympics on August 25.

Of the 20 posters, 12 are based on Olympic themes and eight were inspired by the Paralympics.

Several feature wheelchairs, including a graphic vision of the violence in the sport of wheelchair rugby.

A poster created by artist Goo Choki Par, one of 20 posters officially selected for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
A poster created by Goo Choki Par (Jae C Hong/AP)

Many of the images are far from traditional, showcasing bright colours and curious forms.

In many of the avant-garde images it is difficult to discern the exact tie to the Olympics or Paralympics.

Very few even feature a prominent display of the Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic logos.

A poster created by artist Shoko Kanazawa, one of 20 posters officially selected for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
This poster is by Shoko Kanazawa (Jae C Hong/AP)

That also goes for the five Olympic rings, which are seldom featured.

Some of the titles are also eye-catching: Space Kicker by painter Shinro Ohtake; The Sky Above The Great Wave Off The Coast Of Kanagawa by manga artist Hirohiko Araki; Open by calligrapher Koji Kakinuma; Higher Than The Rainbow by photographer Mika Ninagawa; Offence No 7 by artist Tomoyuki Shinki; and Flow Line by graphic designer Daijiro Ohaha.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]