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Review: Kazuo Umezz show 2022


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  • Kazuo Umezz The Great Art Exhibition*

    28 January – 25 March 2022
    Tokyo City View (Roppongi Hills)

    *”Kazuo Umezz The Great Art Exhibition” [sic] is the official English title of “楳図かずお大美術展”


    All images and photos are copyrighted materials.
    Their reproduction is strictly prohibited.

    All photos: Installation views of “Kazuo Umezz The Great Art Exhibition”

    © Kazuo Umezu © exonemo © Kazuo Umezu / Shogakukan



    The much-awaited show by Kazuo Umezu (“Umezz”) opened on 28 January at Tokyo City View.

    A sneak preview revealed a new artistic ground of the multi-talented manga master, full of colours and possibilities.


    Kazuo Umezz The Great Art Exhibition

    The show features four major works by Kazuo Umezz: “The Drifting Classroom“, “I am Shingo“, “Fourteen” and his latest “ZOKU-SHINGO: Little Robot Shingo’s Art Museum” to be shown for the first time to the public.


    ◆”The Drifting Classroom”

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん


    ◆ exonemo x “I am Shingo”

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん


    ◆ “ZOKU-SHINGO: Little Robot Shingo’s Art Museum”

    The latest work by Kazuo Umezz, “ZOKU-SHINGO: Little Robot Shingo’s Art Museum” is a sequel to “I am Shingo“.

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん

    However, it is not a manga, but a series of 101 acrylic pictures, each representing a scene.

    Zoku-Shingo” in fact is a set of narrative paintings to make a whole new fantastic world of Umezz.

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん


    ◆ “Fourteen”

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん


    ◆ Installations with themes of Umezz’s works

    In addition to the dynamic set up by exonemo at the entrance hall, the installations realized by Yuma Tomiyasu and Tomoko Konoike expand the world of Umezz.


    ◆ Poster by Umezz for the 2022 Angoulême International Comics Festival

    In 2018, Kazuo Umezu won the “Heritage Award (Prix du patrimoine)” of the Angoulême International Comics Festival (le Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême) for his “I am Shingo”.

    The award was no small event, for it gave a renewed creative energy to the artist who had ceased to publish manga for some time.

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん

    And the Angoulême Festival commissioned Umezz to design the poster for the 2022 festival, scheduled to take place for the 49th time from 17 to 22 March.


    Umezz-themed café

    Just outside the gallery on the same floor is a pleasant café named “THE SUN & THE MOON”.

    Find out what the café with panoramic views has in store for Umezz fans.

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん

    A masterpiece we found here is Umezz’s house that represents his home so delightfully.

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん


    Souvenirs tied up with the Kazuo Umezz show

    Also outside the gallery, have a look at the gift shop, a treasure trove of cool kitsch items designed with Umezz’s iconic works.

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん

    楳図かずお大美術展 レポート|あみゅーぜん

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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