(original dash) Exhibition
Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo Japan
August 22 – September 4
Keiko Takemiya, professor of art
at Kyoto Seika University and one of the leaders of female mangaka
(cartoonists) in Japan, has created a very unique art exhibition which was
shown in summer of 2003 (August 22 to September 5) at the
Kinokunia gallery in Tokyo, Japan. This exhibition was composed of only
reproductions, but the high quality bears comparison with the originals. While
a successful exhibition, it evokes the controversial issue of the value of
“Original vs, Copy” in this post-modernism era.
August 23, 2003 at
1. Messages from Keiko Takemiya
2. Examples of artworks
In art exhibitions, original art
should be exhibited in general. However, is it only one way to exhibit in the
case of narrative comic art, Story Manga. Story manga is a popular art which
developed as printed matter. If the value of the story manga is that it is read
and seen by many people, it follows that it is possible to exhibit it in
different ways. Like films and printmaking, which exist as copies but not the
original (matrix) ones, I am wondering if it might not be appropriate to
exhibit manga reproductions.
Because of the fact that manga was
created to be cheap and accessible, it might be true that it has never been
distributed to readers in the same quality of the original artwork. However,
due to the development of technology, even amateurs can now create high quality
prints and copies that are almost the same as the original, if they have the
patience and the passion. With this technology and craftsmanship, if we have
patience enough to adjust the quality of the print to exactly match the
original, there may be no loss in the quality of the viewing experience.
According to this belief, I organized this exhibition.
“Genga’ (dash) exhibiti
“This is not an exhibition of the original artwork”
Why not exhibit the original
artwork, if they are available? The originals are very important and not easy
for mangaka (comic artists) to part with since they live by copying the
originals. Indeed, there are many mangaka including myself who prefer not to
lend the originals out for exhibitions due to the fear of loss or fading.
If there is an opportunity to show
manga exhibitions in this way, it may be possible to share the value of story
manga in nearly original quality in different places without those fears.
Furthermore, it might be possible to make the best use of story manga as a
wonderful property. Due to the above reasons, I decided to create these 60
computer copies (Genga’ – genga dash) of the originals for this
“Why is this not an exhibition of original artwork?”
“A view of Kinokuniya gallery”