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Free Manga Exhibition Opens at British Museum Today

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Features newly commissioned work by Tetsuya Chiba, Yukinobu Hoshino and Hikaru Nakamura

A free manga exhibition will run at The British Museum opens today and will run until November 15, called Manga Now: Three Generations. It will feature newly-commissioned work by three artists: Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe), Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 Nights) and Hikaru Nakamura (Saint Young Men, Arakawa Under the Bridge). The image to the left is by Yukinobu Hoshino, using shades of black ink.

A video of the exhibition accompanies this Reuters report here.

From the museum website:

This display features newly commissioned and recent pieces by Tetsuya Chiba, Yukinobu Hoshino Yukinobu and Hikaru Nakamura. The main image in this display will be an original colour drawing of a golfer on a green by prominent and influential manga artist Chiba Tetsuya. He is a specialist of sports manga that relate a young person's struggle for recognition through dedication to sport.

The second generation of contemporary manga is represented by Hoshino Yukinobu, with a portrait of his new character Rainman. One of Japan's best-known science fiction manga artists, Hoshino Yukinobu's Professor Munakata's British Museum Adventure featured in a Room 3 display in 2011.

Nakamura Hikaru represents the most recent generation of manga artists and is currently the seventh bestselling manga artist in Japan. Fusing everyday life with youth culture and cutting-edge production techniques, her work in this display imagines the comical existence of Jesus and Buddha as flatmates in Tokyo.

The exhibition will be in room three of The British Museum. There will also be a programme of accompanying events, including a talk on manga in world culture by Helen McCarthy, and a drawing workshop with illustrator Hugo Yoshikawa, details TBC.

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