Manga Now: three generations

Thursday 3 Sep 2015 - Sunday 15 Nov 2015 |

The British Museum
Asahi Shimbun Displays, Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays Objects in Focus

Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954), Rainman. Ink on paper, 2015. JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund, 2015,3024.1 © Hoshino Yukinobu.

Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954), Rainman. Ink on paper, 2015. JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund, 2015,3024.1 © Hoshino Yukinobu.

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Asahi Shimbun sponsorship, this Asahi Shimbun Display will feature newly commissioned and recent works by a trio of celebrated Japanese manga artists: Chiba Tetsuya, Hoshino Yukinobu and Nakamura Hikaru. The display will explore the diverse appeal of manga and show how it has evolved over recent generations through the work of three living artists. It will also give a rare opportunity to see the original artwork that forms the basis for mass-printed manga.

Manga is a graphic art form that developed in the early 1900s based on traditional Japanese artistic and literary genres. Integrating text and image into compelling narratives, manga has grown to be a vital part of global popular culture.  The British Museum will showcase a developing strand of its Japanese collection through these three never-before exhibited artworks.

The prominent manga artist, Chiba Tetsuya has been creating best-selling manga for over 50 years, a number of which have been made into animated series for TV and film. He is best known for his sports manga, which address struggle, failure and eventual redemption through single-minded dedication to a single sport. The display will feature Chiba Tetsuya’s ‘Fair Isle Light House Keepers Golf Course, Scotland.’ A young Japanese golfer is depicted weighing his options on this remote course with the Fair Isle light house in the background. Having played this extreme course twice in the past, the artist has created this work specifically for the display.

Hoshino Yukinobu returns to the British Museum’s Asahi Shimbun Display for a second time, following Manga: Professor Munakata’s British Museum adventure (November 2009- January 2010) and his subsequent manga book with the same title published by British Museum Press. Hoshino Yukinobu works from his mountainside studio in Sapporo, and specialises in the science fiction genre. Trained in traditional Japanese painting, he typically draws all of his work by hand, and when colour is needed scans the drawings and adds colour by computer. Here Hoshino Yukinobu has drawn, entirely in shades of ink, a seemingly three-dimensional portrait of his newly created character Rainman, especially for this display.

Nakamura Hikaru represents the most recent generation of artists and is also currently the seventh bestselling manga artist in Japan. She specialises in comic manga of everyday life. The British Museum will feature a cover artwork from her series ‘Saint Young Man,’ which tells the story of a youthful Jesus and The Buddha sharing a small flat in modern day Tachikawa, a suburb of Tokyo. The artwork presented in this display depicts Buddha drawing a manga with Jesus helping him, a work created by Nakamura Hikaru entirely using a computer. Her works have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese, but not yet into English.

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The exhibition will be held at the British Museum, Asahi Shimbun Displays, Room 3

Related public programme: lectures and events

Start local, go global: manga in world culture
Fri 18 Sep, 13.15, Room 3
A gallery talk by author Helen McCarthy.
Free, just drop in

Drawing manga: practice and context
Sat 10 Oct, 14.00, Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Illustrator Hugo Yoshikawa’s live demonstration will show you how to draw your own manga! Using a visualiser to project his drawings onto a big screen, Hugo will explain his process and discuss manga illustration in a wider context with manga historian and curator Paul Gravett.
Free, booking essential

Shōjo manga : Girls’ Comics from Japan
Tue 20 Oct, 13.15, Room 92
A gallery talk by Paul Gravett, historian, critic and curator & Akiko Hatsu, manga artist.
Free, just drop in

Manga now, Ukiyo-e then
Thu 5 Nov, 13.15, Room 3
A gallery talk by Tim Clark, British Museum.
Free, just drop in

Manga now at the British Museum
Wed 11 Nov, 13.15, Room 3
A gallery talk by Nicole Rousmaniere, British Museum.
Free, just drop in

Big swingers and geezer girls: golf manga in post-war Japan
Fri 13 Nov, 13.30, BP Lecture Theatre
Golf took off in post-war Japan and was chronicled in manga. Angus Lockyer, SOAS, reveals how golf and manga have served each other, through boom, bubble and lost decades, documenting the slow transformation of Japanese society.
Free, booking essential

Otaku Attack! おたくアタック!
Fri 13 November, 18.00, Great Court and Samsung Digital Discovery Centre
Join us for an evening of manga-inspired entertainment and digital activities to celebrate the Asahi Shimbun Display, Manga now. Cosplayers welcome!

For the full list of events and to book, visit British Museum Events

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Supported by the Asahi Shimbun

Chiba Tetsuya (b. 1939), Fair Isle Lighthouse Keepers Golf Course, Scotland. Ink and colour
on paper, 2015. Loaned by the artist. © Chiba Tetsuya. (Landing page slider )

Nakamura Hikaru (b. 1984), Jesus and Buddha drawing manga. Cover artwork for Saint Oniisan
vol. 10. Digital Print, hand drawn and coloured on computer, 2014. JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund. © Nakamura Hikaru/ Kodansha Ltd (Thumbnail)

Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954), Rainman.
Ink on paper, 2015. JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund, 2015,3024.1 © Hoshino Yukinobu. (This page )