From Apr. 26th to May 13th, a large scale exhibition of renowned SF manga artist Leiji Matsumoto will be held at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Original drawings and treasured collections will be displayed at the exhibit. Celebrating his 60th anniversary since his debut, “The World of Leiji Matsumoto” exhibit will circulate Japan and overseas.

Matsumoto was born in Kurume, Fukuoka in 1938 and raised in Kokura. He was elected from the general public as Rookie of the Year for the first Manga Shonen magazine hosted long-piece manga award at the age of 15. After graduating from high school, he moved to Tokyo and created the big hit “Otoko Oidon” series for “Weekly Shonen (Boys) Magazine.” “The Galaxy Express 999” and “Space Pirate Captain Herlock” were produced into animations and caused a stir in the 70s to 80s.

This exhibit displays over 200 items at once including original drawings and collections exhibited to the public for the first time. Through the exhibit, one can enjoy learning about the story behind the creation of plots and characters. Matsumoto carefully stored his archives and the exhibit will introduce early works, production materials and other treasured items some of which are very difficult to obtain in the current market. A visuals corner is also set up.

In addition, Matsumoto’s treasured private photos will be exhibited for the first time. Photos of his childhood and a photo of him and Osamu Tezuka will be on display. Exhibits of past works of his wife Miyako Maki will also be displayed. His wife worked with him during his Hongo days when he aspired to be famous manga artist. Maki is also known for designing the first version of the Licca-chan doll.

On Apr. 28th, Leiji Matsumoto will visit the museum to hold a talk event and autograph session. The exhibit will circulate Japan and is also planned to be held in Paris, France.

“The World of Leiji Matsumoto”
http://artgallery.co.jp/leiji/

Dates: Apr. 26th (Fri.) to May 13th (Mon.)
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (closed Wednesdays)
Venue: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Organizer: Mainichi Shimbun West Headquarters Business Department
Admission: general 1,000 yen high school and university students 800 yen elementary and middle school students 500 yen