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From Kyōsai to manga: The art of visual storytelling

Online discussion


Tuesday 10 May 2022
6.30 — 7.45pm

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Part of our

Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection

events programme
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Kawanabe Kyōsai, Night Procession of One Hundred Demons, 1871–89 (detail of left screen).

Pair of six–panel screens.

Ink and light colour on paper. 146.8 × 310 cm (each). Israel Goldman Collection, London. Photo: Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

Join our discussion on Kawanabe Kyōsai’s witty and imaginative art and how it has contributed to today’s manga.

Please note: this is an online event.

Curator Sadamura Koto and manga artist Kutsuwada Chie join Professor of Japanese Arts and Culture, Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, in this online event to explore the art of visual storytelling, from Kyōsai to manga.

Kawanabe Kyōsai is among Japan’s most important 19th-century artists. Having learnt from previous masters in Japanese and Chinese art, he combined his classical knowledge and traditional skill with the world of comic and satirical pictures to establish his own style. His witty depictions of contemporary society are now celebrated for bridging popular culture and traditional art. Kyōsai’s dynamic and humorous art continue to influence numerous popular artistic styles today, including the worldwide phenomenon of manga.

In this discussion, our speakers Sadamura Koto, Kutsuwada Chie and Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere will explore Kyōsai’s exceptional work and how his technique, style and subjects contributed to the roots of modern visual storytelling that is manga today.

Dr Sadamura Koto is a Curator of the RA exhibition Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection. She specialises in the study of the Japanese painter Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889) on whom she has published extensively. She is a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow (2021–2022) at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Asia, the British Museum.

Kutsuwada Chie is a Japanese manga artist based in the UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, she is the creator of King of a Miniature Garden and Moonlight. She also provides illustrations for storywriters and art books including The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto and Julian Sedgwick’s novel Tsunami Girl. She regularly leads manga workshops at institutions across the UK.

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is the founding Director and is currently the Research Director at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and Professor of Japanese Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. She was the lead curator on the Citi Exhibition Manga at the British Museum in 2019.

There will be an opportunity for audience questions at the end of the event.

The event will be accompanied by speech to text transcription courtesy of Stagetext.

With thanks to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

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Tuesday 10 May 2022

6.30 — 7.45pm

Online event

£8 (£5 concession)