International exhibition offers glimpse at manga’s evolution

Date published: 16 February 2018

A new internationally touring exhibition opens tonight at Perc Tucker Gallery, offering a unique glimpse at how manga has evolved throughout the centuries.

Manga Hokusai Manga features a collection of sketches by acclaimed ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) as well as contemporary versions of the unique artform traditionally made for comic books and graphic novels.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Councillor Doyle said the exhibition offers rare insight into how manga has changed over time.

“This exhibition includes works from the very early days of manga right through to the most contemporary works which really gives you the chance to see how the form has changed through the centuries but also what’s stayed the same,” Cr Doyle said.

“You can really see how these early manga pioneers have inspired the work produced by the modern artists in terms of the style and themes of the works.”

Manga Hokusai Manga is an internationally touring exhibition presented by The Japan Foundation, and will be officially opened by Japanese Consul Norihiko Nakajima, and Head of Arts for the Japan Foundation Ayusa Koshi tonight.

Colleen Doyle said the exhibition was a dream for any lover of manga culture.

“Manga is hugely popular around the world and it has a massive community and sub-culture around it,” Cr Doyle said.

“For manga aficionados, Hokusai is considered a genius and one of the most versatile and innovative painter-illustrators of his time.

“This exhibition will certainly appeal to anyone who’s interested in manga specifically, but also anyone who loves comic books and graphic novels, or Japanese culture more generally.”

Manga Hokusai Manga is showing at Perc Tucker Gallery until March 11, 2018.