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The London Institute is Showing a Manga Exhibition

posted on 2002-01-03 06:32 EST
The London Institute will be showing off some Manga in conjunction with the Japan 2001 Festival from January 9th to February 8th.

Below is a Press Release detailing the event being held at the London Institute as part of the Japan 2001 Festival.

Manga: Short Comics from Modern Japan
The London Institute Gallery
9 January - 8 February 2002

Manga is one of Japan's longest and largest cultural phenomena. It is read enthusiastically by people of all ages in Japan, from young children to businessmen. In this exhibition of over ninety drawing panels, the diverse themes and narratives of manga are explored (with English translations allowing visitors to read the dialogues). The exhibition also contains actual comic books and video works.

In European countries, Japanese manga has acquired a reputation for depicting violence, but this represents only one part of the medium. Its virtue lies in its depiction of Japanese people's everyday lives. The Japan Foundation commissioned Japanese manga expert, Fusanosuke Natsume, to put together this showcase of Japanese new comics in order to shed a new light on the conventional image. Although much influenced by Western comics, Japanese manga, which shares its style with traditional artsuch as scroll paintings, has developed its own unique genre and now accounts for as much as two fifths of new publications in Japan.

Exhibiting artists are TERADA Katsuya, TAMURA Shigeru, SASAKI Maki, Tiger TATEISHI, MINAMI Shinbo, MORI Masayuki, TSUGE Yoshiharu, TAKITA Yu, TANIGUCHI Jiro, OKAZAKI Kyoko, YAMADA Murasaki, MINAMI Qta, YAMADA Naito, YAMADA Akihiro, SUGIURA Hinako, OKANO Reiko, UMEZZ Kazuo, TAKANO Fumiko, OSHIMA Yumiko, MIZUKI Shigeru, HISAUCHI Michio, TANAKA Masashi, TEZUKA Osamu, MATSUMOTO Taiyo and MOCHIZUKI Minetaro.

A symposium to accompany the exhibition will take place on 1 February 2002.

This is a Japan Foundation touring exhibition and an official Japan 2001 event.

Manga: Short Comics from Modern Japan is showing at the London Institute Gallery, 65 Davies Street, London W1K 5DA from 9 January to 8 February 2002, Monday - Friday 10.00am - 8.00pm. Admission free.

The London Institute brings together in a single federated structure five of the world's most prestigious Colleges for art and design and related activities: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Fashion, and London College of Printing

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