San Fran Museum Readies Tezuka Exhibit

The San Francisco Asian Art Museum will present a major exhibition on the works of respected manga and anime artist Osamu Tezuka this June. Best known in the U.S. as the creator of Astro Boy, the late Tezuka is regarded in Japan as ‘The God of Comics’ and ‘The God of Animation.’ Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga will run from June 2 through Sept. 9 and will feature more than 200 pieces that trace the evolution of his work in both mediums.

Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, two of the enduring properties to emerge from the 700 plus manga titles Tezuka created during his lifetime, were serialized as animated television shows in the 1960s. Tezuka’s work in both youth-and adult-oriented manga is acclaimed for its complexity and originality and his drawings showcase an extraordinary calligraphic dynamism.

The Asian Art Museum will serve as the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, the largest of its kind outside of Japan. The installment will include original drawings, covers and posters from his manga creations and the television and anime series inspired by his work. An accompanying resource room will offer activities and anime screenings, and a fully illustrated, 156-page catalog has been published by the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.

Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga is organized by the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, and will also be seen at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia from Feb 23 through Feb. 29. 2 June – 9 September 2007.

The Asian Art Museum is located at 200 Larkin Street in San Francisco. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. every Thursday. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth 13’17 and free for children under 12. For more information, call (415) 581-3500 or go to www.asianart.org.