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Manga exhibit opens at British Museum

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 01:01

A British Museum exhibit titled 'Manga now: three generations' explores the Japanese graphic art. Rough Cut (No reporter narrration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: London's British Museum takes a look at manga, Japan's widely popular graphic art form, in a new exhibition showcasing the works of different generations of artists. "Manga now: three generations" features recent and newly-commissioned artwork from Chiba Tetsuya, known for his sports manga, Hoshino Yukinobu, who specialises in science fiction manga and Nakamura Hikaru, known for her comic manga of daily life. On display is Tetsuya's colour drawing of a young golfer on a green in "Fair Isle Lighthouse Keepers Golf Course, Scotland" while the work of Yukinobu depicts a newly-created character "Rainman" in black and white. Hikaru, the most recent generation of the artists, has on display cover artwork of her "Saint Oniisan" series which tells a story of Jesus and Buddha as flatmates in Tokyo. Curator Nicole Rousmaniere explains that "this exhibition is incredibly important for us because it introduces manga as it is now. We're looking at three generations of manga artists that are living today. What you get is you're entering into a different world - a visual world where you get information but you're actually feeling and living that information in real time." Having developed in the early 20th century, manga is widely popular in Japan and beyond, with millions of copies of manga magazines sold each year. "It's used not just in books and in comics and magazines but it's actually used in schools. It's used in textbooks. It's used for manuals. And not only is it big business, it's an entertainment - a very very avid entertainment but it's actually part of the fabric of Japanese society and I think actually becoming more and more so externally in Europe and certainly in America" Rousmaniere said. "Manga now: three generations" runs Sept. 3 to Nov. 15.

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Manga exhibit opens at British Museum

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 01:01