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Art

Emma Crichton-Miller

Manga

British Museum, 23rd May to 26th August

Today a multi-billion pound global industry, Manga, the Japanese comic book art form, traces back to 1200, when an anonymous artist with a satirical sense of humour produced the Handscrolls of Frolicking Animals (Chōjūgiga), with monkeys and rabbits disporting like humans. It is in the 20th century, however, that Manga became such a powerful cultural force, gripping the Japanese with its gender- and species-fluid characters and magical transformations, and inspiring international fans through anime films. The British Museum, in collaboration with the The National Art Center, Tokyo, illuminates the whole sweep.

Vuillard: The Poetry of Everyday Life

The Holburne Museum, Bath, 24th May to 15th September

What is poetic in the painting of Édouard Vuillard, beyond the quiet justness of form and colour, is his feeling for the subtle stuff of domestic life: corner tables, sunlight in a garden, mother and sister quietly at work, sewing, in the intimacy of their shared home. This exhibition, the most extensive of Vuillard’s work in the UK for 15 years, explores his delicate evocations of the complex emotions beneath the quotidian.

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