arts • 03 May, 2017
‘Manga Hokusai Manga’ To Show in Saigon
Was legendary Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai the first manga artist?
Whether you believe Hokusai set the precedent for today’s modern manga or not, neither his influence nor prolificacy can be denied. Considered by manga fans, (along with some of his contemporaries) to be one of the ‘great-grandfathers’ of the popular comic form, ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai’s life and work straddled the 18th and 19th centuries. During this time he created a rich, historical tapestry, including dramatic depictions of Japanese life that manga lovers continue to draw lineage from today. At the height of his powers Hokusai created ‘Thirty six views of Mount Fuji’, which includes the iconic print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’.
Having already run in Hanoi in cooperation with the General Consulate of Japan, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange will present ‘Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics’. It will exhibit at the Exhibition Hall, 92 Le Thanh Ton in District 1, HCMC from May 12-26 with a focus on genre, pictorial storytelling and a comparison of manga in its current form.
From the exhibition in Hanoi
'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' by Hokusai
'Rokurokubi (long-necked yōkai) Glasses for Three Eyes' by Hokusai