on the exhibition NIPPON CHINBOTSU Japan sinks! A Manga
Wed, 16.01.2013–Sun, 21.04.2013
Ishiki took the inspiration for his manga series from the best-selling novel Nippon Chinbotsu, first published 1973 and adapted
into several movies, by science fiction writer Sakyou Komatsu (19312011). The book describes the fictitious submergence
of the whole of Japan, one of the most earthquake-endangered areas in the world, following several cataclysmic earthquakes
and passes epic criticism on the progress-and-technology-obsessed Japanese society of the 1970s and 80s.
The MAK exhibition focuses on the graphic-art qualities of Nippon Chinbotsu. The genesis of this manga is traced through original
drawings, from the first sketches of ideas to the different stages of the fine drawings and to the printed weekly comicstrip
sequels. Animated films make it possible to look over Ikishis shoulder and to witness the meticulousness
and patience with which he developed his manga. Selected blown-up graphic-art prints bring out the filmic element of the originally
much smaller comic strips.
Curator Johannes Wieninger, Curator, MAK Asia Collection
Nippon Chinbotsu Japan sinks! Ein Manga 16.01.201321.04.2013 MAK Exhibition Hall