ANIME! High Art – Pop Culture

An exhibition of the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, presented in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Support for this exhibition provided by the Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles

Japanese comics and animation have had a strong influence on modern art and popular culture throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. Colorful and energetic, anime enjoys worldwide popularity through numerous television series and feature films such as “Akira” (1988), “Ghost in the Shell” (1995), “Perfect Blue” (1998) and “Metropolis” (2001).

Perhaps most widely known in the U.S. are the works of Hayao Miyazaki, which include “Princess Mononoke” (1997); “Spirited Away” (2001), which won the Academy Award® for Animated Feature Film in 2002; and the Oscar®-nominated feature “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004).

This electrifying traveling exhibition explores the history, aesthetics and production of Japanese animation from its earliest beginnings up through the cinematic successes and popular heroes of the late 1970s serials, and on to the current computer and video game manifestations of this cultural phenomenon.

“ANIME!” illustrates the fascination of anime and its dramatic, and often breathtaking, visual language. On view were rare collectors’ items and artwork that has seldom been seen outside Japan. A portion of the exhibition is devoted to manga and its relationship to anime, providing a historical overview of the development of this “comic book” genre from 19th century Japanese woodcuts and book illustrations to the mass-produced manga of the present.

Exhibition Information

May 15 through August 23, 2009
The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery and Fourth Floor Gallery

Contact Information

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