Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition: Ripples of Adventure

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Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition: Ripples of Adventure (荒木飛呂彦原画展 JOJO 冒険の波紋, Araki Hirohiko Genga-ten JoJo Bōken no Hamon) is a special exhibition that was originally held from August 24 to October 1, 2018 at the The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan to celebrate JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's 30th Anniversary.

A second venue was opened in Osaka from November 24, 2018 to January 14, 2019.[3] Another venue was held in Nagasaki[4] from January 25 to March 29. A venue in Kanazawa[5] was initially announced to be held from April 25 to May 23. However, it was postponed to a later date due to health concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

On August 18, 2021 it was announced via Twitter from the official Exhibition account that the Kanazawa venue would be opening in 2022. Said new instance ran from April 30 to May 28, 2022.[2]

Summary

Araki at the exhibition
Entrance to Nagasaki Exhibition

The event encompassed the entirety of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's history and acted as a culmination of its 30 years of publication. Featuring original artwork from Hirohiko Araki, both old and new, the exhibition hall utilized various technologies to create the "largest displays in the history of the JoJo manga series."

This is the second time The National Art Center, Tokyo (Japan's largest museum) has held a personal exhibition for a Japanese manga artist, the first being Osamu Tezuka back in 1989.[1]

In the press conference of this event held on June 21, 2018, an anime adaptation for Vento Aureo was revealed.

The exposition featured about 200 exhibits and 280 original drawings disposed into several different named spaces. New works of art such as sculptures by Motohiko Odani and Kunihiko Morinaga as well as a display by the visual design group WOW were displayed alongside Araki's drawings and paintings.

One of the key features of the exposition is a series of twelve canvas 2 meters high and 1.2 meters wide featuring several nearly life-sized characters disposed in a U shape to surround the visitors. The disposition aimed to put the characters in the same space as the visitors. Its name and theme is "There is always a traitor".

A lot of different merchandise were sold at the event, including keychains, wall posters, stickers, office materials, and the HIROHIKO ARAKI JOJO EXHIBITION RIPPLES OF ADVENTURE Catalog with illustrations and manga panels.

Message from Araki

Link to this sectionAuthor's Note
The "Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition: Ripples of Adventure" will be held this summer 2018 at the National Art Center, Tokyo, in Roppongi. It is a very great honor for me to be able to unveil the culmination of JoJo's 30th anniversary in such a prestigious location. At the same time, I also feel nervous. The essence of what JoJo aims to depict is "spiritual growth" through every phenomenon in the world, and through the battles between good and evil. In this original art exhibition, the idea is for the characters and their guardian spirits to gather together at the same time and place. I am also planning to draw several new pieces for the exhibition. Please look forward to next summer.
このたび2018年夏―
“荒木飛呂彦原画展 JOJO 冒険の波紋”を東京・六本木『国立新美術館』にて開催する運びとなりました。
大変に名誉ある場所でJOJO30周年の集大成を皆さまの前にご披露させて頂ける事は、本当に光栄であります。また同時に緊張も感じております。
JOJOが目指して描くものはこの世のあらゆる現象、そして善と悪の闘いを通しての「精神の成長」であります。今回の原画展では、そのキャラクターたちと守り神たちが、同じ時刻、同じ場所に会するイメージ。
―そして新作画の執筆も複数枚、計画しております。
皆さま、よろしければ来夏を楽しみにお過ごし下さい。[7]

Goods

A variety of goods were sold during the event, requiring a ticket to the event to purchase goods. These included posters as well as reproductions of some of Araki's work, clear files, postcards, towels, paint, keychains, charms, acrylic stands, nail clippers, brooches, bracelets, figures, plates, wallets, art frames, USB sticks, coasters, calendars, playing cards, glasses, paper weights, necklaces, magnets, iPhone cases, pouches, stickers, plushes, bags, cookies, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, candy, exhibition book and envelopes. New products were added in 2022 featuring magnets, a desk mat and can badges.

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