Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds. 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.
Featuring unprecedented loans from across Japan, this is the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.
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, immersing the visitor in the experience of one of these events, as well as providing an opportunity for visitors to try on a costume and share via their own photos.
The exhibition is being curated by Sainsbury Institute Research Director Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, who is also IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Art at the British Museum.
What is Manga? Exploring Japanese manga and visual narratives, Friday 23rd August 2019
Presented by the Japan Foundation and Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, in collaboration with the British Library.
Manga, anime, and video games have gained a great deal of attention in Europe over recent years. And although manga has become a major global art form that is increasingly recognised outside of Japan, there has been a distinct East-West separation in the field of comic studies and related academic fields. This symposium aimed to create a space for dialogue on manga in a global context.
To address these interrelated issues in a fresh international context, this symposium brought together manga scholars, artists and industry affiliated members from Japan with international comics and manga scholars to engage in a productive dialogue to discuss definitions, reach and impact of manga in the round. The symposium aimed to contribute towards an understanding of the reach and conditions of Japanese manga’s influence not only on comic expression but also more widely on contemporary material culture.
The symposium attracted participants from around the world, including the well-known manga critic Natsume Fusanosuke, who also contributed to this year's Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship.
You can see the full day's schedule on the SISJAC website here.