Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa
Go on Anno’s Journey and explore the remarkable work of Anno Mitsumasa, one of Japan’s most beloved and prolific artists. Since the 1960s, Anno has illustrated hundreds of books. Inspired by the traditions of Europe and Japan, his varied works are characterized by a sense of curiosity, warmth and playful sense of humour, and have appeared in children’s publications for over the last 50 years.
This exhibition explores the work of Anno Mitsumasa, who is best known for his picture books, with few or no words, published from the late 1960s onwards. The display illustrates the story of Anno Mitsumasa’s life and creative journey, features a reading library with many of Anno’s 300 published books, introduces Japanese language for children and beginners, and explores Anno’s remarkably varied work.
Anno’s Journey is the first exhibition dedicated to the artist to be held in the UK. It follows the story of Anno’s extraordinarily varied life’s work, from his early picture books and kirigami papercuts exploring themes such as maths, science, language and folklore, through to the full set of drawings from ‘Anno’s Britain’, to depictions of historical and contemporary life in Japan.
A selection of Anno's books are available at The Shop in Japan House London.