3 September – 15 November 2015 Room 3
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
The new British Museum 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.
Chiba Tetsuya (b. 1939), Fair Isle Lighthouse Keepers Golf Course, Scotland. Ink and colour on paper, 2015. Loaned by the artist. © Chiba Tetsuya.
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.
Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954), Rainman. Ink on paper, 2015. JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund, 2015,3024.1 © Hoshino Yukinobu.
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
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