Paper · Culture

Paper On 29 December 2016, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) welcomes renowned Japanese designer Kenya Hara to deliver a talk entitled “Paper · Culture,” exploring the aesthetic subtleties of this everyday material.

The core of Kenya Hara’s design practice is an interest in transforming the inherent qualities of everyday objects into cultural experiences. Paper is not merely a medium for disseminating information; it is also a testament to mankind’s technological development throughout the history of civilization. Following rapid developments in contemporary printing, paper’s distinctive materiality has become a source of inspiration for many creative practitioners today.

With its focus on the intersection of paper, design, and technology, Takeo Co., Ltd has worked with Kenya Hara for over 30 years. “Subtle,” the 47th Takeo Paper Show held in 2014, marks their latest collaboration. In this talk, Hara offers his perspective on the many facets of paper in contemporary culture from technology to design, exploring the sensorial world of this delicate material.


Ticketing: Free

*Reservations required. Space is limited. Please call +86 10 5780 0200 or email ve@ucca.org.cn from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00 to book.


*Collect your ticket from reception 45 minutes before the event begins;

*Please no late entry;

*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually;

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Kenya Hara (Designer)

Kenya Hara (b. 1958) is a Japanese graphic designer and curator. He also teaches at Musashino Art University. Hara has been the art director of Muji since 2001. He designed the opening and closing ceremony autograph books of the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998.

  • 2016.12.29
  • 16:30-18:00
  • Auditorium
  • Japanese with Chinese translation