“Manga Realities: Exploring the Art of Japanese Comics Today” Exhibition Comes to the Philippines after Japan, Korea and Vietnam!

Poster for exhibition in PhilippineThe Japan Foundation hosts the exhibition of "Manga Realities: Exploring the Art of Japanese Comics Today" to put the spotlight on 9 manga works that have emerged since 2000.

It is widely known that Japanese manga and anime are attracting global attention today as the leading media of Japanese visual culture. Starting from manga comics by Osamu Tezuka, the master cartoonist of postwar Japan, this country's manga has established a distinctive style that is different from American comics or French bande dessinée. Once depreciated as children's amusement or a subculture, the public perception of these media has been changed considerably in recent years. Japanese manga and anime are now regarded as the main culture as the soft power that represents Japan today.

Following the first session at the Art Tower Mito in the summer of 2010, "Manga Realities: Exploring the Art of Japanese Comics Today" was held in Korea and Vietnam, and now will take place in Manila, the Philippines. We are looking forward to seeing how people react to this exhibition in the Philippines, where Japanese pop culture has gained high popularity.

Exhibition Outline

The Philippines
Date August 16 (Tue.) to October 2 (Sun.), 2011
Venue Ayala Museum, Manila
Organized by The Japan Foundation, Ayala Museum
Co-planning Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Artists & works Matsumoto Taiyo: Number Five (Shogakukan), Wakaki Tamiki: The World God Only Knows (Shogakukan), Igarashi Daisuke: Children of the Sea (Shogakukan), Yasuno Moyoko: Sugar Sugar Rune (Kodansha), Sakuishi Harold: BECK (Kodansha), Ninomiya Tomoko: Nodame Cantabile (Kodansha), Asano Inio: Solanin (Shogakukan), Kyo Machiko: Sennen Gaho (Ohta Publishing Company), Kuramochi Fusako: Five Minutes from the Station (Shueisha)
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Curated by Takahashi Mizuki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)
Exhibition design Toyoshima Hideki (gm projects)

Associated Events (Admission Free)

To deepen viewers' understanding and enjoyment of the exhibition, Professor Jaqueline Berndt (Faculty of Manga, Kyoto Seika University) will give lectures to accompany the exhibition.

"Manga and Art in Japan: Alleged Traditions, Museum Galleries and Appropriative Artists"

Topics will be the association between manga and traditional arts, manga museum, interests to manga by Takashi Murakami, and indifference to traditional arts by manga artists.
Date: September 9 (Fri.), 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Ayala Museum
Fore more information, please see the following PDF.(PDF:28KB)

"Manga beyond Subculture"

The impact of manga beyond subculture such as otaku and fujoshi to the whole society will be explored.
Date: September 10 (Sat), 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Ateneo de Manila University
Fore more information, please see the following PDF.(PDF:35KB)

Profile: Professor Jaqueline Berndt

Jaqueline BERNDT (b. 1963). After receiving her Ph.D. (in Aesthetics) from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, she went to Japan and has been teaching art theory and media studies in Japanese since then. In 2009, she became Professor of Comics/Manga Theory at the Faculty of Manga, Kyoto Seika University. At present, she is director of the Graduate School of Manga Studies, KSU, as well as deputy director of the KSU's International Manga Research Center which is located at the International Manga Museum Kyoto. Her research interests include aesthetics of comics/manga, art discourse in modern Japan, animation studies. She is a board member of the Japan Society for Studies in Cartoons and Comics, and a member of the editorial boards of Signs: Studies in Graphic Narratives and Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Routledge). She published the first comprehensive monograph on manga in German, Ph-änomen Manga. Comic-Kultur in Japan (Berlin 1995, Spanish transl. 1996), co-edited Reading Manga: Local and Global Perceptions of Japanese Comics (Leipzig 2006), and edited the bilingual volume Comics Worlds and the World of Comics (Kyoto 2010).

Touring Schedule

Date Monday, August 15 - Saturday, October 1, 2011
Venue Ayala Museum, Manila
Organized by The Japan Foundation, Ayala Museum
Japan *Closed. Thank you for the large attendance.
Date Saturday, August 14 - Sunday, September 26, 2010
Venue Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki 310-0063
Tel: 029-227-8120 Web: http://www.arttowermito.or.jp/art/
Organized by The Japan Foundation, Mito Arts Foundation
Korea *Closed. Thank you for the large attendance.
Date Saturday, December 4, 2010 to Sunday, February 13, 2011
Venue Artsonje Center, Seoul
Organized by The Japan Foundation, Artsonje Center
Projected by The Japan Foundation, SAMUSO:
In cooperation with Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Supported by Public Information & Culture Center of Embassy of Japan in Korea, Adonis Resort Golf & Hotel Golf Club, Anibooks, Daewon C.I. Inc., Hakusan Publishing, Random House Korea
Vietnam *Closed. Thank you for the large attendance.
Date Date: May 19 to June 16,2011
(Open everyday during the exhibition term)
Opening: May 18, 6:00 p.m.

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Open hours:8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (no closing days)

Organized by The Japan Foundation
Co-planning Mito Arts Foundation
In cooperation with The Embassy of Japan in Vietnam
Viet Duc high school in Hanoi
Vietnam University of Fine Arts
Supported by Canon Vietnam
Royal Palace Piano
Viet Long Commercial Joint Stock Company

Poster for exhibition in Vietnam

Photo for exhibition in Japan

Poster for exhibition in Korea

Unlike conventional solo exhibitions or retrospectives of manga authors, this exhibition puts the spotlight on popular manga titles targeting young readers that have emerged since 2000, with the theme of “the potential of manga expression today.” This exhibition analyzes manga with its multiple facets including “Diversification of Manga Expression” that incorporates approaches of photography and film or uses parallel time bands, “Cross-genre Art” that produces television dramas, films, and contemporary art based on or referencing of manga, and “Realities of the 2000s” that is depicted in manga as a tapestry of feelings of young people facing to the stagnated Japanese society.
By presenting the world of private imagination of manga that is essentially the two-dimensional art form in the three-dimensional exhibition, we hope the visitors can share the wonder and the potential of one of Japan’s most important forms of expression, manga.

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