“HIROHIKO ARAKI JOJO EXHIBITION: RIPPLES OF ADVENTURE” Key Visuals Revealed
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The National Art Center, Tokyo will be housing the works of renowned Japanese manga artist Hirohiko Araki from August 24th to October 1st, 2018 titled “HIROHIKO ARAKI JOJO EXHIBITION: RIPPLES OF ADVENTURE.” The Osaka exhibition, starting on November 25th, was also announced at the press conference on June 21st, 2018, and with that, his newly-commissioned visuals were also revealed.
A Tokyo-exclusive visual depicting Jotaro Kujo in his characteristic “JOJO pose” before Mount Fuji, along with an Osaka-exclusive visual of Dio are a 2-in-1 set, are similar to the famous Fujin/Raijin (Wind God/Thunder God) works. The virtues and vices of both characters are beautifully depicted, as well as the sharp silhouette of Mount Fuji and the roundness of the moon, the color contrasts between night and day, and the deeper meaning behind their respective poses. It is apparent that Mr. Araki put much thought into all aspects of these visuals. Furthermore, he says that he “hopes to instill something meaningful for the future of the guests attending the exhibition through his dreams and thoughts expressed in his hand-created artwork, that of which can be clearly distinguished from the printed versions.”
For the national museums, this will be the first exhibition featuring artworks by a manga artist. Through this exhibition, manga as a subculture is sure to continue evolving and this could possibly pave the way for further pursuits to spread awareness of the manga world.
The highlight of this particular exhibition is the twelve newly-commisioned original pieces by Mr. Araki which were created exclusivly for this exhibition. About two meters in height, these characters were created in full-scale, and viewers can enjoy the artwork as if they are in the world of JOJO. There will also be voice guides available to better understand Mr. Araki’s works.
Title: HIROHIKO ARAKI JOJO EXHIBITION: RIPPLES OF ADVENTURE
Dates: Friday, August 24th ~ Monday, October 1st, 2018. ※Preview day: Wednesday, August 22nd ~ Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Closed: Every Tuesday
Business hours: 10 A.M. ~ 6 P.M.（open until 9 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays） ※Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Place: The National Art Center, Tokyo, Special Exhibition Gallery 2E（〒106-8558 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 7 Chome−22−2)
Translated by Samantha Mariko