Today I ventured out to the Honolulu Museum of Art, to check out their new exhibit "Modern Love", featuring several ero and ero-guro artists. The exhibit runs until March 2015.
I have been waiting for months for this exhibit to open, since I found out they'd be featuring one of my favourite manga-ka, Suehiro Maruo.
|With my copy of Shoujo Tsubaki, a Maruo cult classic.|
|As Midori, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.|
Without further ado, let me tell you a bit about the exhibit at HMA.
The exhibit is closed off by a rolling red screen door, since it is an 18+ exhibit. The walls are decorated with life-size prints from shunga paintings, with framed works by individual artists, and sometimes, related manga books in shadow boxes on display. On the walls, there are iPads loaded with the manga translated in English, so you can read the chapters.
|A wall featuring the manga "Sakuran", a popular erotic manga that is also a successful film starring Anna Tsuchiya.|
Aside from the Maruo collection, one of my favourite installments was this shadowbox featuring candid snapshots of girls, called "Tokyo Amour".
The artist, Yonehara Yasumasa was apparently a longtime resident of the Harajuku district of Tokyo, and has been actively involved in promoting Japanese street fashion and Harajuku culture. Some of his work will be featured in the upcoming exhibit Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion (November 2015-April 2016). This exhibit will also feature an original piece from the shironuri artist Minori. I can hardly wait until it finally opens!
|Yonehara Yasumasa's Tokyo Amour.|
There was also an iPad loaded with an explanation of the story, and some of the repeated symbolism in Maruo's works. It was very interesting to listen to, even as a fan familiar with his work.
I picked up this one, which included a spread on the Harajuku Fashion Walks, as well as the history of Kawaii Culture.
|I really love my dot shantung Innocent World JSK.|
|Yay, coffee jelly!|
It's days like this that I believe the phrase, "Lucky We Live Hawaii".
Xoxo, your Kawaii in Hawaii Lolita Cherie.