In recent years, there have been more than 400 manga exhibitions held throughout Japan, to great popularity. Yet looking at the contents of the popular exhibitions, it cannot be denied that many of them are ‘manga exhibitions for manga fans.’ Exhibitions are not venues limited to fans and stakeholders, that they alone may have the opportunity to enjoy artwork. They are also venues for new fans and consumers to be born. In this exhibition we have experimented by asking the question ‘Manga Exhibition for Whom?’ That is, assuming visitors other than manga fans, we would like to consider together ‘what is the meaning and enjoyment gained through viewing manga in a museum exhibition?’
ClosuresWednesdays and 28 Dec.- 4 Jan.
Venue2F Gallery 4
OrganizationKyoto International Manga Museum
Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center
Manga Museum Studies
*This research was funded by JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research 15K03898
This exhibition looks specifically at 3 manga genres: ‘educational manga’, ‘moe beautiful girl illustrations’ and ‘satirical manga’, each supposing three exhibition visitors who each hold a different viewpoint. To begin with, each genre is respectively positioned by conventional commentary, explaining the genre in terms of when it is canonically. Each genre then positioned by the suggestion of ‘how it is enjoyed’ by two very specific groups of people, including foreigners, the visually impaired, and cosplayers, etc.
Venue structure= 9 sections Educational Manga Educational Manga / Canonical Reading Educational Manga / Enjoyed with Characters Educational Manga / Enjoyed by Touch Moe Beautiful Girl Illustrations Moe Beautiful Girl Illustrations / Canonical Reading Moe Beautiful Girl Illustrations / Revitalizing Towns Moe Beautiful Girl Illustrations / As Art Satirical Manga Satirical Manga / Canonical Reading Satirical Manga / Seen from Abroad Satirical Manga / Enter its World
*Please note that the schedule, performers, and contents are subject to change.