Posted:Feb 29, 2024

Junji Ito's Horror Manga Exhibition is Coming to Setagaya Literary Museum in April 2024

"Tomie's World" 2023  © J.I. / Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.  Original drawing for this exhibition

Horror manga artist Junji Ito depicts a beautiful yet grotesque world. His work has captivated readers both domestically and internationally, engulfing the entire world in a whirlwind of excitement. The first large-scale exhibition of Ito's original drawings, Enchantment, is scheduled to be held at the Setagaya Literary Museum from April 27 to September 1, 2024.

"Uzumaki" 2010 © Junji Ito / Shogakukan

The exhibition will showcase a selection of rare and original hand-drawn illustrations, artworks, and paintings. Starting with his debut work, Tomie, the exhibition will showcase his renowned manga series such as Uzumaki, Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection, and Soichi's Beloved Pet, as well as his original drawings for The Hanging Balloons, Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, Dissolving Classroom, and more. Furthermore, attention is drawn to the new figure of "Tomie" created by the figure prototype artist Yoshiki Fujimoto.

"Tomie" 2000 © J.I. / Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.
"Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection" 1997 © J.I. / Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.

Enjoy a "shivering" moment in the artistic world of Ito Junji, who skilfully reflects human instinctual fears and aversions, seamlessly navigating between the ordinary and the extraordinary, horror and humor.

"Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu" 2009 © Junji Ito / Kodansha, Ltd.

Find more information in the exhibition photo report.

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