Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa Virtual Exhibition Tour; Online; Free
This exhibition, curated especially by Japan House London, celebrates the life and works of one of Japan’s most beloved and prolific artists, Anno Mitsumasa, who is best known for his picture books with few or no words.
Mitsumasa has illustrated over 300 books since the 1960s. His works have appeared in children’s books for over the last fifty years and generation after generation of readers in Japan has grown up intimately knowing his works as if they were a part of the family.
Respecting different cultures and the learning of his readers, Anno was awarded in 1984 with the highest honour attainable in children’s book illustration: the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.
Anno is well travelled and his catalogue of works reflects the inspiration he has taken from those journeys. He has had a particular interest in European history and culture, but also in his home country, Japan; one might think his work reminiscent of M. C. Escher, before being transported into the world of ‘The Tale of Heike’ from the Japanese Middle Ages.
This virtual tour of the exhibition allows you to see the artworks, zoom in on the details and explore the gallery as if you were really there.