Katsuji Matsumoto: Founder of Girls’ Manga

Yayoi Museum

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Illustrator and product designer Katsuji Matsumoto was responsible for much of the Showa era’s culture of cuteness. Along with Junichi Nakahara, his drawings for popular girls’ magazines left behind a legacy of manga artwork from the early Showa period.

This exhibition traces the rise of girls’ manga in the early Showa era with examples of Matsumoto’s comics and magazine inserts. It also presents works by artists influenced by Matsumoto, including Toshiko Ueda and Setsuko Tamura, demonstrating the considerable impact Matsumoto had on post-war girls’ manga and girls’ culture. Several of his other romantic and lyrical illustrations are also on display.

[Related Events]
Gallery Talks
Date: 10/19 (Sun) 14:00-15:00
Speaker: Michie Utsuhara (daughter of Katsuji Matsumoto)

Date: 11/10 (Sun) 14:00-15:00
Speaker: Exhibition Curator

Date: 12/7 (Sat)
Speaker: Setsuko Tamura (illustrator)

Special Lecture
Date: 11/2 (Sat) 18:00
Speaker: Fusanosuke Natsume (manga artist, columnist)
Reservations required.
Please see the homepage for details.

[Image: Katsuji Matsumoto “? Riddle’s Clover” from the April 1934 edition of Shojo no Tomo]

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Schedule

From 2013-10-03 To 2013-12-24
Closed most Mondays. Special openings on 10/14 (Mon), 12/23 (Mon), and 12/24 (Tues). Closed on 10/15 (Tues), 11/4 (Mon), and 11/5 (Tues).

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