Shōjo Manga: The World of Japanese Girls’ Comics At The House Of Illustration

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Published on: March 16, 2016

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The first major exhibition to explore Japanese shōjo (girls’) manga in the UK

 

Shōjo Manga: The World of Japanese Girls’ Comics is the UK’s first major exhibition tour of the genre, from its golden era to the present day.

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Japan’s shōjo manga culture dates back to post-WWII years, but it was the innovative work of a small group of artists in the 1970s that turned it into the broad-ranging and hugely popular art form enjoyed today.

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This exhibition, in association with the Kyoto International Manga Museum and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, presents the work of three key creators: pioneering 1970s artists Akiko Hatsu and Keiko Takemiya, and contemporary artist Yukiko Kai.

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The 1970s are celebrated as a turning point in the history of shōjo manga, when artists such as Hatsu and Takemiya transformed what had previously been seen as a ‘lowbrow’ form of manga into a cultural genre to rival literature, encompassing themes as diverse as romance, science fiction, and Japanese Noh theatre.

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The exhibition explores the world of Japanese shōjo (girls’) manga through elaborate Genga'(Dash) prints of original artworks, that have been faithfully reproduced aiming to conserve original manga artwork.


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