Manga and Munch at the British Museum KONNICHIWA!
As I live in Soho I’m in spitting distance of the British Museum so I always go to their big exhibitions and wander the galleries for travel inspiration. That’s why I had to pop into their latest offering. Love it or hate it Manga is the main summer show at the British Museum running from now until 26 August 2019.
You will love it if you do the Mangafying of your face at the end, (see me below) it’ll appeal to the child in you, which indeed, the whole exhibition should. Go with the flow and you’ll get how it developed as a storytelling device for real and imagined worlds, and finally swept worldwide. I already have my favourites due to, sadly in my case, identifying with them!
I must squeeze this in before going to South America in September for the BIG TRIP. This will be for around two and a half months and requires a lot of planning. However I also have a lot of extra plans in the inter-rim (looking at derelict farms in Bulgaria to convert into art studios and primitive dwelling, and nipping over to Ireland to finally check out a couple of “passage tombs”) so my time is tight and all exhibitions and private views must be found time for.
MANGA PHILOSOPHY IN LINE WITH MINE!
A WORLD WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE AND GETTING TO COMMUNICATE YOUR MESSAGE MADE SIMPLE. EXCITING STORIES AND EXOTIC TRAVELS!
I have to say I associated most with eel dog. He is a buffoon who laughs so much, at what a policeman whispers to him, he dies. Sounds like the story of my life, I find humour in everything until I don’t!!!!
If I could show you some of my miming acts whilst travelling that have brought much mirth on behalf of all and also got my point over, you’d be creasing up.In Manga it would seem, you can understand the basics of what the story is in any language. This is the magic and beauty of it as far as i’m concerned. It has inspired me for the start of this journey and given it more clarity.
Below. Visions of Manga.
Manga was a precursor to our comics, so original Donald Duck prototypes feature which probably is to make it more pertinent to our culture (for us old fogies I would guess!) And unbelievably I can link this, albeit tenuously to the Edvard Munch exhibition running at the same time.
“I was walking along the road with two friends- suddenly the sky turned blood red -I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned over the fence- there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety, and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.” Edvard Munch 22nd January 1882
The inspiration for “The Scream” seen below in woodcut version.
Again, gotta love or hate Munch, but everybody loves “the Scream”. Everyone identifies with it that’s why! Many a time I have felt exactly like that on hairy bits of my travels! WHILST IN THAILAND I LITERALLY WAS ALONE ON A BRIDGE OF RABID DOGS AT NOON PULLING THIS FACE!
Bohemian and depressive Munch is well represented in this show so if you’re going to “Manga” go to this too. For those reading this after its finished soz, but check online they always have something fabulous on and also stuff for kids. Let the big kid in you revisit the famous mummy gallery and Egyptian Gallery which are superb.
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