Ono Saseo Exhibition

- The Modern Girl, the Southern Belle, and the bicycle girl









From the 1930s to the 1950s, painter and manga artist Ono Saseo was active in a great variety of media, creating cartoons for manga magazines, illustrations for serial novels in the newspapers, while also appearing in films and radio shows. During this exhibition we will introduce over fifty exhibits from this genius artist who lived as the darling of the Showa era, from drawings in pen to oil paintings, hanging scrolls and other original art, as well as over one hundred exhibits of related materials like magazines that published his works, and posters.

Up until his sudden passing in 1954, just before he was supposed to meet Marilyn Monroe who had come to Japan, he drew a great number of women. We are sure you will be able to enjoy the strong and fun depictions of all the beautiful women Ono Saseo loved to watch over the years in many places, from the modern girls swaggering along Ginza Avenue, to the Indonesian women from where he was stationed during the war.


October 31, 2013 - February 11, 2014

10am - 6pm (Admission to the museum until 5:30pm)
*Closed: Wednesdays, 12/29(Sun.) - 1/3(Tue.)

Venue Kyoto International Manga Museum, 2F, Gallery 4 and 6.

* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required.

*On November 1, admission to the museum is free because it is Kansai Culture Day.

Related Event

Lecture by Ono Kosei "Ono Saseo is back!"

In this related event, Ono Kosei, the oldest son of Ono Saseo and renowned manga critic and author, will give a lecture on the works and charismatic personality of Ono Saseo.

Date and Time

November 3, 2013 2pm ? 4pm

Venue Kyoto International Manga Museum 3F, Research room 1

* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required.

Speaker Ono Kosei
Capacity 50 seats (on a first come basis)
Participation Pre-registration is not required.

小野佐世男「人野好郎 青春案内」1934年、インク・水彩・紙、小野耕世・蔵[原画]






© 秋山庄太郎写真芸術館

Ono Saseo

b. 1905, in Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture.
Since he was a student at the department of Western painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now: Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music), he continually published caricatures, mainly of women, for the caricature graph magazine "Tokyo Pack", and was called the enfant terrible of the manga world. Apart from drawing illustrations serial novels in newspapers and fashion illustrations for women's magazines, as well as film posters and book covers, he was also a regular guest on radio and stage shows.

During the second world war, he was drafted as propaganda personnel, and sent to Indonesia. He was very impressed with the light and the colors there, and made very detailed sketches of the lives of the people in Java and Bali. After the war, Saseo become even more popular in the media than he had been before. He started working on large oil paintings, and sadly, on the day he went to paint Marilyn Monroe, who had come to Japan, he died, at the age of just forty-eight.

Please note that the schedule, performers, and contents are subject to change.

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