Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga

Oct 8th 2006
In Japan, TEZUKA Osamu is acknowledged as an artistic master, heralded as an icon in the field of Japanese manga. In the West he is best known for Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion which were serialised internationally for television in the 1960s.

Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga opens at NGV International on 3 November 2006 and will introduce Australian audiences to Tezuka's extraordinary exploration of the manga form.

Tezuka (1928 – 1989) created over 700 manga titles during his lifetime. His work is acclaimed for its complexity and originality.

Tony Ellwood, Deputy Director, NGV said: “The planning of Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga has involved over five years of complex negotiations to release important material from Tezuka Productions in Tokyo. This is the first time Tezuka's original drawings have been seen in the West”

“The NGV is touring the exhibition to the Art Gallery of NSW and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. We are also producing a catalogue to support the show that will contextualise to western audiences for the first time the full scope of Tezuka's artistic output.”

Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga features black-and-white ink drawings for Tezuka's manga, as well as colourful designs for covers and posters. Over 200 original works are presented, from the late 1940s to the late 1980s.

The exhibition features two main streams of Tezuka's prolific manga work:

  • Manga “comic pictures” for a children and youth-based audience (including Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor, and Princess Knight);
  • Gekiga “drama pictures” that are more seriously-toned, adult-orientated narratives with realistic effect and emotional impact (including Crime and Punishment, Buddah and Phoenix).

Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga has been curated by Philip Brophy – artist, curator, writer and Australia's leading authority on Japanese manga and animation.

“Tezuka is revered as the figurehead of the manga and amime industries in Japan,” Mr Brophy said. “This exhibition will reveal the striking originality of his manga; its technical inventiveness, extraordinary calligraphic dynamism and its close relationship to his anime.”

The exhibition has been organised in association with Tezuka Productions in Tokyo.

The exhibition is on display at NGV International from 3 November 2006 – 28 January 2007. NGV International is open 10am – 5pm Daily, closed Tuesdays.

A range of Public Programs will be developed in association with the exhibition. Visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au for more details.
Admission: Adult $12 / Concession $8 / Family $32.

Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga is a National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition. It will be on display at the Art Gallery of NSW from 23 February – 29 April 2007, followed by a tour to the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco later in the year.

Principal Sponsor: MINI

Support Sponsors: Network Ten, Qantas, Madman, Lavazza, Melbourne Airport, Japan Foundation, 2006 Australia-Japan Year of Exchange.

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