The Masters of Manga
The Japanese art form is captured in an exhibition at London’s British Museum
Citi Manga Exhibition
An exhibition of the Japanese art form is displayed outside the British Museum in London.
Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun/AFP
What was once considered mere comics has developed into an art form, shattering social barriers.
Now a multi-billion dollar industry, the power of Japanese manga has inspired and entertained fans around the world.
Fittingly, the Citi Manga Exhibition in the hallow halls of London’s British Museum has been critically acclaimed.
“Manga is the most popular form of storytelling today,” Hartwig Fischer, the director at the British Museum, said.
Displays trace its evolution from comics and dramatic designs by famous Japanese artists, such as Katsushika Hokusai, to the global phenomenon of Pokemon and the Oscar-winning animations of Studio Ghibli.
“It’s something about the engagement that makes manga special,” Nicole Rousmaniere, the curator of Japanese arts at British Museum, said.
“It’s visual language relays content very, very quickly. This is because of the power of the line,” she told AFP.
“I believe that in Japan it makes a lot of sense that when you are doing calligraphy when you are looking at characters, your brain is already conditioned to have that pictorial content,” Rousmaniere added.
The Citi Exhibition of Manga at the British Museum in London runs until August 26.