Saturday, July 16, 2011

Buddha: The Story in Manga and Art, Tokyo National Museum

From the Financial Times, excerpt from BuddhistArtNews;

Mounting an exhibition that matches some of Japan’s most precious Buddhist sculpture with the work of a comic book artist might sound like an exercise in going from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Not so. Though Buddha: The Story in Manga and Art, which runs until Sunday at the Tokyo National Museum, is certainly an unusual cross-genre exercise, it offers some intriguing parallels between the work of late artist and author Osamu Tezuka and more classical Buddhist iconographers.

Nor would many Japanese see anything silly or sacrilegious in this unprecedented exercise in putting manga, as comics are known here, on a level with sacred art. Thanks in no small part to the work of Tezuka – who died in 1989 but is still revered as the “god of manga” – comics and animation are now almost universally seen as part of mainstream Japanese culture....

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Note: I personally visited this exhibit while I was in Japan last month. Contact me if interested in viewing limited exhibition book.

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