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Osamu Tezuka, the God of Manga, at the Tampere Art Museum

Published 2.7.2019 13.51

Two significant exhibitions of Japanese manga art will open in September at the Tampere Art Museum. Osamu Tezuka – The God of Manga is the first European museum exhibition of work by Osamu Tezuka, known as the creator and god of Japanese manga. Consisting of original works, the exhibition is produced in association with the Osamu Tezuka Production company of Tokyo and it will be on the middle and upper floors of the museum. The MangaMania! exhibition on the ground floor addresses manga as an art form and a cultural phenomenon.

Manga-näyttely Tampereen taidemuseossa

The term ‘manga’ refers to Japanese comics. Comic strips appearing daily in Japanese newspapers and in paperbacks are read by people of all ages both at home and in public. Comics have a much more extensive role in Japan than in Europe. Manga with its numerous genres forms the major part of the Japanese publishing market and it is gradually finding international audiences, also in Finland.

The exhibition of work by Osamu Tezuka, the founder of modern manga, consists of some 200 original pieces by him from different stages of his career. It features his best-known hero characters, from the brave robot Atom to Princess Knight, manga’s first magic girl. During his extensive career, Tezuka created the various techniques of modern manga, the best-known of which is his cinematic style of drawing and characters with large eyes. His manga art is narrative, psychologically perceptive, socially engaged and deeply human with regard to its values.

Osamu Tezuka is regarded as the father of not only manga but also of anime, and he has been called the Walt Disney of Japan. The exhibition displays not only manga but also clips from his best-known anime films. The term ‘anime’ refers to Japanese animation. Many renowned anime films are based on manga, also in the work of Osamu Tezuka.

MangaMania! has been produced in association with leading researchers of Japanese manga of the Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Seika University’s International Manga Research Center. This exhibition explores the basic elements of manga art from its different genres to the most popular publications and considers issues of social and cultural history and production associated with manga.

The manga exhibitions of the Tampere Art Museum are aimed at visitors of different age, manga enthusiasts and those who are looking for their first introduction to manga. The exhibitions will be accompanied by several special events on manga and Japan-related themes. The first one will be Manga Night, on 7 September 2019, on the weekend of the opening.

The year 2019 marks the centenary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. The manga exhibition is part of the official programme of the jubilee year.

Further information

Tampere Art Museum
Tel. +358 (0)3 5656 6577
33230 Tampere

Photos © Tezuka Production