2018.07.05 (THU)

"MANGA⇔TOKYO" exhibition will be held inParis, France!

Japonismes2018 official program

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The National Art Center, Tokyo and the Japan Foundation are pleased to announce that the "MANGA ⇔

TOKYO" exhibition will be held at La Villette in Paris, France from November 29, 2018 (Thursday).

The “MANGA⇔TOKYO” exhibition follows the first highly successful “Manga*Anime*Games from Japan” exhibition held at the National Art Center, Tokyo in 2015, and is one of the official programs of “Japonismes

2018: les âmes en résonance”, an extensive cultural season to showcase the unrevealed beauty of Japanese culture in France. This exhibition plans on displaying about 90 different works, which will provide a complex experience of the city of <Tokyo>.



Contents of "MANGA⇔TOKYO" exhibition

Japan's manga, animation, games, SFX films (tokusatsu) are reflective of the social change and technological development of the city of <Tokyo>. This exhibition pursues to represent these depictions through numerous drawings, models and images. How did the characteristics of the real city inspire the direction of fiction? How did these fictions and their characters present us with a new hybrid reality, now multilayered to the real city?


This exhibition does focus on Japanese manga, animation, games, and SFX films (tokusatsu), but through them it also portrays the city of <Tokyo>, already iconic in a lot of people’s mind. It hopes to delve into the meaning and possibilities for Japan’s animation, manga and its gaming culture, as they have become tourism drawcards and created what for many enthusiasts is a "sacred pilgrimage" when visiting Japan.


【Display Works】

Displayed works will be announced later in the Exhibition Website, etc.


【Exhibition Composition】

-Colossal Model of Tokyo

-Ever-repeated Catastrophe and Reconstruction of Tokyo

-Life in Tokyo (Edo period to present)

-Characters versus the City



November 29 (Thu.) – December 30 (Sun.), 2018



La Villette (Paris, France)


【Organized by】

The Japan Foundation; The National Art Center, Tokyo; Agency for Cultural Affairs; Organization for Promoting Manga and Animation; La Villette


【Guest Curator】

Kaichiro Morikawa, associate professor of School of Global Japanese Studies at Meiji University



The National Art Center, Tokyo


【Admission Fee】




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