Supernatural and the Occult in Postwar Japanese Manga

RETRO HORROR: Supernatural and the Occult in Postwar Japanese Manga explores the horror manga of postwar Japan.

The exhibition focuses on three artists—Tsunezo Murotani (b. 1934), Hino Hideshi (b. 1946) and Ochazukenori (b. 1960)—each representing a different phase of the genre from the 1960s to the 1990s. Notably, this will be the first ever showing of Ochazukenori’s work outside of Japan.

This exhibition features over 70 original genga drawings by Tsunezo Murotani and Ochazukenori, reproductions of iconic works by Hideshi Hino, and publications by artists including Junji Ito, Tezuka Osamu, Kazuo Umezu and Masako Watanabe; as well as a manga reading lounge, with horror manga classics in English and Japanese available to browse.

The exhibition is part of The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s HORROR MANGA JAPAN event program, which is being held to coincide with the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Japan Supernatural exhibition and the JFF Classics film program, Grief and Vengeance: Otherworldly Tales.

Presented in cooperation with the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures, based on its 2018 exhibition Yoshihiro Yonezawa’s ‘History of Postwar Horror Manga’, with support from the Meiji University Modern Manga Library.

Due to restrictions on the length of time that colour genga can be exhibited, there will be a changeover of colour genga works on December 6. As a result, colour genga works on display in the gallery may differ at times from those shown on this website or in related promotional material.



Weekdays, 10am to 6pm
Saturdays, 10am to 4pm

Friday 18 October 2019 to Friday 24 January 2020

Except Friday 6 December, Saturday 21 December, Monday 23 December, Tuesday 24 December, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Friday 27 December, Saturday 28 December, Monday 30 December, Tuesday 31 December, Wednesday 1 January, Thursday 2 January, Friday 3 January and Saturday 4 January

Thu: Hours extended until 8pm from Oct 21-Dec 12
Fri 29 Nov: Closed from 3pm on Nov 29 for event preparation



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