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Asian Comics: Evolution of An Artform

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Experience a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia.

Exhibition Overview

Asian Comics: Evolution of An Artform

Exhibition Type
Art, Contemporary Art, Popular Culture
Area Size
200 to 500 sqm
500 to 1000 sqm
Designed For
Museums and Galleries
Science Centres
Entertainment Venues
Hiring Fee

For a 3-month rental excl. transport, installation, insurance:

This hiring fee is set for the following exhibition format:
See all available package options
Core Experience
Immersive digital experience
Panels and graphics
Original collection
Exhibition Partners
Asian Comics: Evolution of An Artform has been developed by Barbican Immersive in partnership with Paul Gravett and Thames and Hudson publishing. The international exhibition tour is supported by Flying Fish.


Credits / Image Information

photos courtesy of Barbican Immersive, ©NicolasJoubard



Explore the rich history of Japanese manga and beyond, spanning from its origins to the latest digital innovations. The Asian Comics: Evolution of An Artform exhibition highlights notable creators, characters, and publications, offering a diverse array of stories, including fantastical folklore, significant historical events, personal memoirs, and thought-provoking expressions of freedom.

Discover renowned and influential creators such as Osamu Tezuka, Miyako Maki, Hur Young Man, and Lat, as well as genre innovators and underrepresented artists like Abhishek Singh and Miki Yamamoto. Witness how their work has left a lasting impact on various forms of artistic expression, including cinema, animation, fashion, visual art, music, and video games.

Curated by Paul Gravett, along with a team of more than twenty international advisors, Asian Comics features an extensive collection of over 500 artworks, representing the largest selection of works from the Asian continent. This includes Japanese woodblock prints, Hindu scroll paintings, digital media, printed comics, and contemporary illustrations.

This unique exhibition serves as a gateway to an unexplored world of graphic storytelling, showcasing its artistic significance and cultural value.


  • 280+ pages of original comic book artwork
  • 116 high-quality facsimiles
  • 200 rare, printed comics
  • Sculptural works, manga fashion, objects, and artifacts
  • Multimedia, augmented reality with gesture tracking
  • Scenic elements
  • Accompanying book and programming options with artist appearances

VR and App Content


Textiles & Costumes
Paintings Drawings & Prints
Manuscripts Books & Maps
Decorative objects
Film & Sound
Technical objects
Digital art

General Information

Available Package Options
More Details About Technical Requirements
Space Required:
5,000 – 10,000 sq. ft.

Target Audience:
Adults, families with teens, art enthusiasts

Production Time:
Fourteen (14) working days for installation;
seven (7) for deinstallation

Three (3) 40 ft. containers + 16m3 air freight

Exhibition provided in British English & Italian


Past and Future Venues
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Rome, Italy
OCTOBER 7, 2017 – JANUARY 21, 2018

Villa Reale di Monza
Monza, Italy
FEBRUARY 21, 2018 – JUNE 3, 2018

Le Lieu Unique
Nantes, France
JUNE 29, 2018 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

Bowers Museum
Santa Ana, CA, USA
MARCH 9, 2024 – SEPTEMBER 8, 2024

Extra Info

Curatorial excellence
Exhibition Add-Ons
Engagement programme support
Media kit
Exhibition tour kit
Catalogue / book
Selfie spots

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