Curated by Stefan Riekeles
June 1 – August 11, 2018
Anime Architecture is an exhibition that traces the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films. Curated by Stefan Riekeles for Les Jardins des Pilotes, the exhibition casts a spotlight on meticulous hand-drawn backdrops that bring to life the fictitious urban environments of iconic cyberpunk anime.
From location photographs and concept sketches in detailed pencil drawings, through to final expression as anime cels in full colour, Anime Architecture reveals some of the intricate creative processes behind iconic Japanese animated films Patlabor: the Movie, Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Amongst illustrations on display are works by Hiromasa Ogura, Takashi Watabe, Haruhiko Higami, Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi, Japanese animators who worked during the peak of hand-drawn animation.
The exhibition is accompanied by an event series, featuring works and talks.
Header Image: Background illustration for Ghost in the Shell (1995), cut 477. Watercolour on paper and acrylic on transparent film, 270 × 390mm. Illustrator: Hiromasa Ogura © 1995 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · BANDAI VISUAL · MANGA ENTERTAINMENT Ltd.
June 1, 2018 (Friday)
6:30pm-8pm (Doors open 6pm)
Free; bookings not necessary.
Exhibition officially opens on June 1, 6:30pm. The gallery will be closed in the hours prior.
Sat: 10am–3pm (except July 14 & 21)
*Select weeknights close on 6pm: July 9 – 19, 2018
Closed on Sundays and public holidays (June 11; July 16 – Marine Day)
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
(02) 8239 0055