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‘Manga’ show to open at Ateneo Art Gallery

The Japan Foundation Manila and the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines are teaming up to present the international traveling exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics at the Ateneo Art Gallery of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City this month.

Set to run from June 17 to July 28, 2017, Manga Hokusai Manga introduces the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga, which now enjoys global popularity, and Katsushika Hokusai’s manga.

Hokusai (1760–1849), best known for the woodblock print titled The Great Wave, called his collection of printed drawings manga. Hokusai’s manga contains an assortment of drawings varying in subject matter, from the humorous to the prosaic and instructional.

This pictorial compendium is often associated with the origins of contemporary manga for its storytelling and visualization of movement. Over 200 years after its first volume was published, it continues to captivate people worldwide.

Manga Hokusai Manga approaches Hokusai manga from the perspective of contemporary Japanese comics. The exhibition begins with six images of Hokusai from 1970s manga, when Hokusai’s personality and eventful life became a source of inspiration for manga artists, and ends with seven original works made by contemporary manga artists especially made for this exhibition.

Responding to the formal aspects of Hokusai manga and the fascination with its creator, these contemporary works provide an insight into the constantly evolving expressions of manga and the directions it will take in the future.

Prior to its exhibition in the Philippines, Manga Hokusai Manga has been shown in Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and Vietnam. The exhibition in the Philippines will feature a reading corner, with the latest and classic manga from the Japan Foundation Manila’s library.

The Ateneo Art Gallery is on Level 2 of the Rizal Library Special Collections Building of the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. It is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information, call (632) 426-6488 or send an email to aag@ateneo.edu.

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