Third Thursday Lecture: Manga at the British Museum

Third Thursday lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 18 June, 2020
12:00am BST

Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4EH


Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere (Sainsbury Institute & British Museum)

About the Talk

This talk gives a behind the scenes look at the creating of The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ (23 May to 26 August 2019) currently on display in the Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the British Museum. Manga is a visual form of narrative storytelling that employs the power of line to literally draw the reader into the story. Manga’s roots are international, but the form as we know it today developed in Japan from the late 19th through to the 20th centuries and has recently achieved global reach. Incorporating both domestic Japanese and related international forms, comprising some 50 manga artists, 70 titles and 162 works from historical art to digital experiments and 3D expression, this exhibition brings together the most important examples of manga both past and present, while pointing to the future of this compelling and accessible medium.

About the Speaker

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Art at the Department of Asia, British Museum; Founding Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures; and Professor of Japanese Art and Culture, University of East Anglia. In 2010 she facilitated and translated the British Museum’s first manga, Hoshino Yukinobu’s Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure. In 2012 she wrote Vessels of Influence: China and the Birth of Porcelain in Medieval and Early Modern Japan (Bloomsbury Academic). Her recent translation of Tsuji Nobuo’s History of Art in Japan was released by Tokyo University Press and won the Japanese Translator’s award prize for 2018.

This event is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020

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The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Yakult UK.