Shigeo Fukuda

Shigeo Fukuda 1985 Montreux Jazz Festival
Shigeo Fukuda © DR


For this year’s poster, Pierre Keller showcased the work of Japanese enfant terrible Shigeo Fukuda. Without doubt one of his country’s most famous designers, this graphic artist produced numerous images that combine simplicity with illusion and dark humour. He worked primarily for cultural institutions and NGOs such as Amnesty International, and is perhaps best known for his satirical poster of a bullet re-entering the barrel of a gun with the slogan “Victory 1945.” His poster for the 1985 Festival uses strikingly bright, almost fluorescent solid colours that form speech bubbles emerging from a giant treble clef. Fukuda thus conveys both a joyful, colourful hubbub and the multitude of different conversations that are generated by music. The decision to work with a Japanese artist strengthened the partnership established with the Sapporo Jazz Festival.