Exhibitions & EventsMaki Kusumoto: lines, words, between and beyond

Maki Kusumoto: lines, words, between and beyond

Maki Kusumoto: lines, words, between and beyond


2021/6/10(Thu) 〜 8/30(Mon)

We are honored to hold an exhibition of Maki Kusumoto, a manga artist who is known for “KISSxxxx”, “K no Soretsu”, and the “Akashirotsurubami” series. By following the tracks of her work for over 37 years, the exhibition is focused on the beautiful world of Maki Kusumoto’s work, created in harmony with “lines” and “words”.

  • Closures
    Every Tuesday and Wednesday
    * However, there will be no closure days between July 15 (Thu) and August 30 (Mon).
  • Venue
    2F Galleries 1, 2 and 3
  • Fee
  • Online Ticket
  • Organizers
    Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center
    Kyoto International Manga Museum
  • Cooperating with
    Landschaft
  • Supervisor
    Maki Kusumoto
  • Guest Curator
    Aki Kusumoto
  • Art Director
    Kazunori Akita
Content

This exhibition overviews Maki Kusumoto’s work that spans the last 37 years. Through carefully chosen words, scenes composed with exquisite lines in black and white, including book design, Kusumoto’s work shows her uncompromising attitude towards beauty. The aesthetic, decadent, and stylish world that she creates has fascinated fans from different generations and brought numerous great works into being. Not only in the field of manga, but also in other fields like fashion and music, there are countless artists who have been inspired by her.
In the exhibition, Maki Kusumoto’s dedicated work are on display. Besides original drawings (around 30 pieces), there are etchings, all her books, color proof papers with her handwriting on them, sheets of fax paper, and small objects that are drawn in her manga.

From “Ren’aitan” (1999)
©︎Maki Kusumoto
Etching for the exhibition “Two Decades” (2003)
©Maki Kusumoto
Illustration specially drawn for the video KISSxxxx (1991)
©Maki Kusumoto
Illustration specially drawn for the video KISSxxxx (1991)
©Maki Kusumoto
From “Ren’aitan” (1999)
©︎Maki Kusumoto
Underdrawing for a color illustration of the book Ikasama Umigame no Soup (1995)
©Maki Kusumoto
Color proof paper for the book Ren’aitan (2001)
©︎Maki Kusumoto
Illustration from “Ch11” specially drawn for the magazine DA VINCI (2000)
©Maki Kusumoto

Related events

Planning on progress (It will be announced on this website later)


 Book accompanying the exhibition 

Maki Kusumoto: lines, words, between and beyond

For the exhibition, a book that shows the essence of Maki Kusumoto’s work will be published.
The book contains interviews with Kusumoto, editors and designers, and contributions by splendid writers including Hiroshi Aramata, the director of Kyoto International Manga Museum.

  • Published by Landschaft
  • Designed by Kazunori Akita
  • Planned to be released in June, 2021.


Artist Profile

Maki Kusumoto

She debuted as a professional manga artist in Weekly Margaret at the age of 16. Since then, she has gained an enthusiastic following with various works, such as “KISSxxxx” (Shueisha), “K no Soretsu” (Shueisha), and “Chishiryo Dolis” (Shodensha). In 2020, a new book Akashirotsurubami Ura/Kasei wa sabi de dekiteite akai no da (Shueisha) was published. Her books have also been published in France, Italy, the United States and Korea. She lives in the UK.

 


*Due to the spread of COVID-19, the schedule and content of the exhibition and museum closure can change. Thank you for your understanding.

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