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Philip Brophy on the Marvel of Osamu Tezuka's Manga

Philip Brophy’s resume makes him out as a multi-media renaissance man, with a variety of critically acclaimed and intellectually challenging projects in music, film, analytical texts, and museum curatorship. He has done several exhibitions so far on the work of Osamu Tezuka, often regarded as the artist who built the foundations of Japanese anime and manga. Brophy’s latest exhibition, Osamu Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga, opened in Australia at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales before crossing the Pacific to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

We caught up with Brophy via e-mail to talk about Tezuka and the exhibition.

TOON ZONE NEWS: The exhibition catalog notes that Tezuka himself refused to exhibit his manga pages while he was alive, claiming he never thought of them as something to be appreciated in a museum. What do you think he’d make of the exhibition?

PHILIP BROPHY: Very hypothetical. I have no idea really as I never met the guy. The president of Tezuka Productions, Mr. Matsutani, knew Tezuka very well, and is very proud of the exhibition, so I feel honoured to be part of it.

Astro Boy, on the cover of the show catalog will be on exhibition at the Asian Art Museum until September 2, 2007. More information can be found at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum website and at Philip Brophy’s own website.

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