The Citi Exhibition: Manga マンガ

5月23日2019年 - 8月26日2019年 |

Room 30, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Curated by

Professor Nicole Rousmaniere
British Museum & Sainsbury Institute

The Sainsbury Institute is proud to support the Manga exhibition at the British Museum, due to open later this year.

In May 2019 the British Museum will present the largest exhibition of manga ever held outside of Japan. Manga are Japanese comic books or graphic novels with a twist, serialised in magazines and read by a global audience. A multi-billion-pound business that embraces anime and gaming, manga are a global phenomenon and have forged a new international visual language. The original translation of the characters for manga was ‘pictures run riot’, associated with the great 19th-century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai whose miscellaneous drawings of people, animals and nature were published as ‘Hokusai Manga’. Since then, however, the medium has evolved to become a form of immersive story telling with unique characters and embracing universal issues. The Citi exhibition Manga will bring to life the art of manga, looking at how it emerged in Japan and grew to be a worldwide cultural phenomenon. It will explore manga’s enduring appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its enormous influence, from anime to gaming to ‘cosplay’ performance art.

From earlier forms such as the comic or dramatic designs by famous Japanese artists such as Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889) and others through to the 21st century, today there is indeed a manga for everyone. Featuring unprecedented loans from across Japan, the exhibition will reveal the inner-workings of this billion-dollar industry.  The exhibition design and interpretation will transport visitors into the immersive world of manga. Visitors will be able to enter a rendering of the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Tokyo, go inside the artists’ world, meet the manga editors and be ‘manga-fied’ in a special photo booth. Audio and video installations will help bring the world of manga and its characters to life. The exhibition will also explore Manga fandom through big conventions such as Comiket and World Cosplay summit.

A full public programme of events will accompany the exhibition. More information on this programme will be available nearer the exhibition opening.

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

More information and tickets available on the British Museum website.

Image: Noda Satoru, Golden Kamuy, 2014 onwards. © Satoru Noda/SHUEISHA

Supported by Citi

Logistics partner IAG Cargo

The exhibition will be part of the UK/Japan Season of Culture 2019-2020