Hirohiko Araki: An Exclusive Manga Exhibition in Florence

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Hirohiko Araki: An Exclusive Manga Exhibition in Florence (HIROHIKO ARAKI AN EXCLUSIVE MANGA EXHIBITION IN FLORENCE), also known as the Hirohiko Araki Exhibition in Florence (荒木飛呂彦原画展 in フィレンツェ, Araki Hirohiko Genga-ten in Firentse)[2], was an exhibit held in Florence, Italy from June 28 to July 14, 2013 at the Via delle Caldaie.[1]

Announced in July 2012, following the Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition 2012, it was a collaboration between creative director Frida Giannini of Gucci and Hirohiko Araki. The event's main highlight was their second collaborative work, Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI, a one-shot comic that was inspired by the Frid's Cruise 2013 Collection.[3] The collaboration also included window displays that were showcased at more than 70 boutiques around the world.


Frida's beautiful Cruise collection with its strong colours and graphic designs set my mind racing the moment she showed it to me. From there the charterers and storyline came into being so naturally. It was very stimulating to work together on this project.
Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI window display in New York
Hirohiko Araki exhibit in Florence
Main article: Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI

In July 2012, it was announced at a press conference that an exhibition in Florence would be held from held from June 28 to July 14, 2013 in a collaboration between creative director Frida Giannini of Gucci and Hirohiko Araki. At the press conference, Gucci Japan CEO Christophe De Pous mentioned that the exhibit would be a fusion of both Gucci tradition and manga, and that it would "give Florence a beautiful surprise."[4][5] The venue for the tentatively named "Florence Exhibition" (フィレンツェ展) was originally set to be located in the Museo Gucci fashion museum, with Araki having drawn an illustration for the exhibit featuring Jolyne and Bucciarati riding a horse with the building in the background.[6] The exhibit was planned to be the final part following the two previous Araki exhibits in Sendai and Tokyo, which were held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series.[7]

On May 25, 2012, Gucci held a charity event featuring a plate set illustrated by Hirohiko Araki to support children that had been affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.[8] Furthermore, from July 30 to August 9, 2012, a charity auction was also held by Gucci featuring sneakers autographed by Araki and reproductions of the illustration for the exhibit, with all proceeds being donated for the same cause.[6] From early January to mid-February 2013, special window displays were showcased at more than 70 Gucci boutiques worldwide as part of the collaboration. These installations featured illustrations from their second collaborative comic, Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI, which was inspired by Gucci's 2013 Cruise collection.[9]

The venue for the exhibit was changed to the historic Via delle Caldaie building, which was built in the 15th century and was used by Gucci as a workshop when it was first established in 1921. The exhibit had free admission and notably gave a rare opportunity for the public to enter the interior of the venue of the building, which typically isn't open to the public, although photography was prohibited. Approximately 60 pieces were exhibited, primarily focusing on color illustrations from Vento Aureo, Stone Ocean, Steel Ball Run, and JoJolion, as well as Jolyne, Fly High with GUCCI and Gucci's previous collaborative comic, Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci. The exhibit also featured an official English translated version the new one-shot that was available to read digitally. The translation was also published for free on Gucci's official Facebook page, although it was deleted soon after.[10]

Gucci Locations

  1. Italy, Florence (January 3)
  2. Japan, Ginza (January 8)
  3. Japan, Aoyama (January 8)
  4. Japan, Osaka (January 8)
  5. Japan, Shinjuku (January 9)
  6. Japan, Kyoto Isetan (January 9)
  7. Japan, Nagoya (January 11)
  8. Japan, Sendai (January 11)
  9. US, New York Fifth Avenue (N/A)
  10. US, Florida Bal Harbor (N/A)
  11. US, California San Francisco (N/A)
  12. US, California Costa Mesa (N/A)
  13. France, Paris (N/A)
  14. India, New Delhi (N/A)
  15. China, Hong Kong Central (N/A)
  16. China, Hong Kong Canton Road (N/A)

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Missing translation
Published September 10, 2013




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