The British Museum is to host a major exhibition dedicated to the history of Manga in the New Year, the iconic institution revealed via Twitter this week.
Manga Exhibition will explore the phenomenon of manga and will be “the largest exhibition of the art for ever to take place outside of Japan,” it said.
Originating in Japan, Manga is a visual narrative art that tells stories with pictures in real or imagined worlds. Today, the medium is revered across the globe and has influenced the styles and stories of comics, anime and cosplay, as well as graphic novels, fashion and even gaming in recent decades.
As a genre, Manga has greatly developed since the Second World War, however, says the British Museum, its “artistic roots can be traced back to narrative hand scrolls from the 12th century.”
The exhibition itself has grown out of a vastly growing collection of manga while British Museum curators continue to collect works in a genre that’s cross cultural impact has been enormous in recent history.
Many of today’s biggest brands can trace their conception back to the manga genre, including numerous anime – the likes of Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop or Yo Kai Watch and more.
Many of the objects in the exhibition will be loans coming to the UK for the first time. The exhibition will open on May 23 next year.