Thursday 23 May 2019 – Monday 26 Aug 2019 |
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery
Room 30, British Museum,
Great Russell Street, London,
Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
Sainsbury Institute & British Museum
About the Exhibition
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.
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, 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.
A full public programme of events will accompany the exhibition. More information on this programme will be available nearer the exhibition opening. In May, the beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogue Manga, will be published by Thames & Hudson in collaboration with the British Museum.
The Sainsbury Institute is proud to be supporting the The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ at the British Museum.
Following her fascinating talk for our September Third Thursday Lecture, Helen McCarthy, independent scholar and author, answered some questions sent in by attendees. ANSWERED LIVE Q: Did UK fan zines have any contact with fan zines in other countries, sharing their zines & maybe anime tapes? A: That’s a great question. In fact, we had contacts not only with the USA, but with France and Belgium and a little later with the Netherlands and Germany. There were many fanzine and pro-zine publishers who got in touch with us through Anime UK Magazine and through that to other fanzines, and so there was a certain amount of tape trading, definitely with […]
The latest issue of the online New York Times Style Magazine: Japan features a conversation between Reserach Director Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Japanese manga artist Mari Yamazaki. They had met through Nicole’s curatorial work at The Citi Exhibition Manga at the British Museum in 2019 where Mari’s work Olympia Kyklos formed a part of the exhibition. The conversation centred around the theme of the Olympics, and they aslo talked openly about the Covid-19 pandemic and manga among other topics. Read the article here.
A discussion between Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere (Curator of The Citi exhibition Manga at British Museum, Research Director at SISJAC, University of East Anglia), Takashi Oishi (Director of Yokote Masuda Manda Museum) and Masashi Okamoto (Director of Shueisha Manga – Art Heritage) on Vimeo ニコル・クーリッジ・ルーマニエール（セインズベリー藝術研究所研究担当所長およびイースト・アングリア大学日本美術文化教授）、大石卓（横手市増田まんが美術館館長）、岡本正史（集英社マンガアートヘリテージ責任者）による座談会 SHUEISHA MANGA-ART HERITAGE Sorry, in Japanese only for the moment
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On Saturday 22nd July, twenty two international scholars of Japanese arts and cultures arrived in Norwich to participate in the second Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship. Organised by the University of East Anglia and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and generously funded by the Ishibashi Foundation, the three week-long programme immerses the fellows in various aspects of Japanese arts and cultures, led by leading academics from top universities around the world. The fellows have come from all over the world, and are a broad mix of MA students, PhD candidates and also professional museum curators, all with different interests, from photography to ukiyo-e to tea […]
This striking modern-looking 17 metre long theatre curtain was painted on the 30 June 1880 by artist Kawanabe Kyōsai. It was painted in one 4 hour long session when the artist was drunk. The Citi exhibition Manga 23 May – 26 August 2019 Supported by Citi Logistics partner IAG Cargo
Manga Exhibition curator tour! Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere went live on the British Museum’s Facebook page on 4th July 2019 and gave an exclusive tour of the Manga Exhibition.