Asian Comics:
Evolution of An Artform

Experience a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia through this traveling exhibition.

photos courtesy of Barbican Immersive - Video Walkthrough courtesy of Bowers Museum

Explore the rich history of Japanese manga and beyond, spanning from its origins to the latest digital innovations. The exhibition highlights notable creators, characters, and publications, offering a diverse array of stories, including fantastical folklore, significant historical events, personal memoirs, and thought-provoking expressions of freedom.

Discover renowned and influential creators such as Osamu Tezuka, Miyako Maki, Hur Young Man, and Lat, as well as genre innovators and underrepresented artists like Abhishek Singh and Miki Yamamoto. Witness how their work has left a lasting impact on various forms of artistic expression, including cinema, animation, fashion, visual art, music, and video games.

Curated by Paul Gravett, along with a team of more than twenty international advisors, Asian Comics features an extensive collection of over 500 artworks, representing the largest selection of works from the Asian continent. This includes Japanese woodblock prints, Hindu scroll paintings, digital media, printed comics, and contemporary illustrations.

This unique exhibition serves as a gateway to an unexplored world of graphic storytelling, showcasing its artistic significance and cultural value.

Highlights:

  • 280+ pages of original comic book artwork

  • 116 high-quality facsimiles

  • 200 rare, printed comics

  • Sculptural works, manga fashion, objects, and artifacts

  • Multimedia, augmented reality with gesture tracking

  • Scenic elements

  • Accompanying book and programming options with artist appearances

Specifications

Space Required:

5,000 - 10,000 sq. ft.

Production Time:

Fourteen (14) days for installation; seven (7) for deinstallation

Freight:

Three (3) 40 ft. containers + 16 m3 airfreight

Languages:

Exhibition provided in British English & Italian

Tour Availability

October – December 2024
February 2026 and beyond
Inquire for availability

Produced By

Asian Comics: Evolution of An Artform has been developed by Barbican Immersive in partnership with Paul Gravett and Thames and Hudson publishing. The international exhibition tour is supported by Flying Fish.

Partners

Presenting Partner:

Tour History and Itinerary

Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Rome, Italy view map

October 7, 2017 ? January 21, 2018

Villa Reale di Monza

Monza, Italy view map

February 21, 2018 ? June 3, 2018

Le Lieu Unique

Nantes, France view map

June 29, 2018 ? September 16, 2018

Bowers Museum

Santa Ana, CA, USA view map

March 9, 2024 ? September 8, 2024

Seattle, WA, USA view map

March 7, 2025 ? February 7, 2026