This immersive and playful exhibition explores the global success of Manga as well its influence on cultural activity, from anime to 'cosplay', around the world. It also highlights manga's storytelling potential, drawing attention to the ways in which it explores real issues, from gender identity to the attack on Hiroshima, through virtual worlds.
This landmark British Museum Manga exhibition showcases work from leading manga artists, including Tezuka Osamu (Astro Boy), Oda Elichirō (ONE PIECE), and Toriyama Akira (Dragon Ball). Visitors can also enter a rendering of the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Toyko and see themselves ‘manga-fied’ in a special photo booth.
The exhibition's centrepiece is the Shintomiza Kabuki Theatre Curtain, which stands at 17 metres long and 4 metres high. Created in 1880 by Kawanabe Kyōsai, the curtain was displayed between acts at the Shintomiza Kabuki Theatre. A prolific producer of manga books, Kyōsai was renowned for blurring the worlds of fantasy and reality. In this curtain, he depicts the members of the acting troupe as monsters. Supposedly produced in four hours while Kyōsai was drunk, the curtain is considered one of Japan’s artistic treasures. Due to its delicacy, this will be the last time it travels outside of Japan.
Manga’s origins reside in the work of 19th-century Japanese artist Katushika Hokusai, whose drawings were published under the title Hokusai Manga. The original translation of the Japanese characters for 'manga' is 'pictures run riot', which is an apt description for what happens on the page. It has since developed into a multi-billion pound enterprise encompassing films, fashion and games.
Manga is renowned for its universality, popular amongst both the old and young. Whether you’re a Manga master or a newcomer, this exhibition promises to engage, enlighten and entertain.
|What||Manga exhibition: British Museum|
|Where||British Museum, Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Tottenham Court Road (underground)|
23 May 19 – 26 Aug 19, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
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