Exhibition hire (BIE)
Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms.
From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, Mangasia is the first exhibition to present an overview of Asian comic history, highlighting key creators, characters, magazines, graphic novels and multimedia, as well as the creative processes that underlie their production.
Curated by Paul Gravett with a team of more than twenty advisors, Mangasia surveys the entire realm of the new comics continent from which the exhibition takes it title. It features artwork from Japan, North and South Korea, India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Singapore, as well as from emerging comics cultures in Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Mongolia and Vietnam.
Thematic sections contrast the diversity of fantastical folklore, real history and daring experimentation in comics from across the whole region, and traces the impact of printed comics on live-action and animated film and television, music, games, fashion and contemporary art.
Mangasia also presents a focus on the expanding opportunities created by rapid technological innovations, to reveal how 21st-century artists are using digital tools and online delivery to transform the creation and consumption of comics.
Rome, Italy (7 Oct 2017–21 Jan 2018)
Monza, Italy (21 Feb 2018–3 Jun 2018)
Nantes, France (29 Jun–16 Sep 2018)
Shenzhen, China TBC
Bangkok, Thailand (15 Dec 2019–15 Mar 2020)
Curator: Paul Gravett
Exhibition design: Pentagram
China: Coco Wang, Wangning
Hong Kong: Gordon Lo & Rachel Lo from Hong Kong Arts Centre
India: Pinaki De
Indonesia: Hikmat Darmawan, Andy Wijaya
Japan: Asakawa Mitsuhiro, Imaizumi Mao, Mizoguchi Akiko, Sanasaki Harumo, Uchida Maholo, Eddy Wertheim from The Japanese Gallery, London
Philippines: Randy Valiente
Singapore: Lim CT
South Korea: Kim Nak-ho
Taiwan: Lin Li-Chin
Thailand: Nicolas Verstappen
Number of staff travelling to install/de-install
Four staff for c. 14-day install plus 1 conservator for joining the final 7 days of installation and c. 7-day de-install (venue to cover cost of transport, accommodation, per diems).
We request that one way (incoming) transport is covered by the venue. Mangasia travels by three sea containers, plus a separate fine art shipment for the artefacts.
All AV equipment and hardware travels with show.
All rights cleared for content.
Watch: interview with the curator
Paul Gravett, curator of Mangasia, gives an introduction to the exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in Rome.