Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics
20 March - 1 April 2017 | Trinity Long Room Hub
On Monday 20 March 2017, the Japan Foundation international travelling exhibition “Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics” will open at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Embassy of Japan, the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies and the Trinity Long Room Hub.
The “Manga Hokusai Manga” exhibition arrives in Ireland as the third country after touring Italy and Belgium. It introduces similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga comics which are now so popular all over the world, and the “Hokusai Manga”, a collection of 15 volumes of sketches by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), perhaps best known for his woodblock print, “The Great Wave”. The first volume was published over 200 years ago, and the “Hokusai Manga” are regarded by many as the origin of today’s manga comics.
The exhibition is directed by Jaqueline Berndt (Professor, Kyoto Seika University, Japan). It consists of manga panels by Hokusai and contemporary artists displayed on folding screens, books, videos, and a group of new works by 7 contemporary manga artists based on the theme of Hokusai and his manga. But the outward appearance of these two types of manga does not immediately suggest a continuous tradition. Do present-day graphic narratives and Hokusai’s “diverse drawings” share anything other than a name? Viewers are invited to compare the two kinds of manga style and explore where they actually meet.
The exhibition is open from 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday