SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.- The Art Gallery of New South Wales presents today Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga, on view through April 29, 2007. Tezuka Osamu is acknowledged as an artistic master, and is revered as the figurehead of the manga and anime industries in Japan. In the West he is best known for Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion which were serialised internationally for television in the 1960s. Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. Manga is respected both as an art form and as a form of popular literature. Manga has a huge global following and has had a major influence on international comics and animation.
Tezuka Osamu (1928-1989) drew over 150,000 pages of manga and created over 700 manga titles during his lifetime. His work is acclaimed for its complexity and originality and his drawings showcase an extraordinary calligraphic dynamism.
Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga is a tribute to the importance and depth of Tezukas creativity. The exhibition features over 200 original works from the late 1940s to the late 1980s including black and white ink drawings as well as colourful designs for covers and posters.
Philip Brophy, curator of the exhibition and Australias leading authority on Japanese manga and animation and said This is the first time Tezukas original drawings have been seen outside of Japan. The exhibition presents the unique power and importance of the manga form within Japanese culture.
Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria in association with Tezuka Productions in Tokyo, the exhibition features work from the two main streams within Tezukas prolific output; his manga for children and youth-based audience (including Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor and Princess Knight), and his gekiga (drama pictures) that are more seriously toned, adult orientated narratives (including Crime and Punishment, Buddha and Phoenix).