Etihad Modern Art Gallery to exhibit the work of Koji Yoshioka and the Japanese Animation Cels

Etihad Modern Art Gallery presents the Exhibition of Koji Yoshioka and the Japanese Animation Cels, organised in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in the UAE and Art Space Tokyo.

The group exhibition will take place between the 3rd and 24th of November 2016.

Painter Koji Yoshioka was born in Osaka, Japan. He left his hometown at the age of 24 and enrolled at the Paris National Art School in France.

He won the Copper Prize in 1968 and became the official member of the Salon d’Automne in 1976. He has also had numerous exhibitions in Japan and abroad. His works can be found in prestigious collections, such as the Panasonic Collection, the Sony Music Entertainment Collection and the Tokyo Institute of Technology Collection.

Animation Cels

A cel, short for celluloid, is a transparent sheet on which objects are drawn or painted for traditional, hand-drawn animation.

Direct from Tokyo, ArtSpace & Tokyo Toy Films are displaying the original animation cels which were used to create famous Japanese TV anime series.

As anime became an all-digital format in the late 1990s, any remaining cells still in existence are a very limited amount. Therefore, original animation cels have become increasingly sought-after and seen an increase in year-on-year value.

In this exhibition, visitors will be able to see the very popular Anime of “Astro Boy”, “Jungle Emperor Leo” (by Manga Legend Osamu Tezuka), “The Rose of Versailles”, “Doraemon”, “Grendizer”, “Captain Majid”, and much more.

At this year’s event, guests and visitors will be able to explore an even wider range of Japanese art and culture. Guests at the opening night can enjoy the finest Japanese cuisine, along with a special surprise – a guest appearance by authentic cosplayers impersonating anime characters shown in the exhibition.

Additionally, Etihad Modern Art Gallery will also be showing special screenings of some of the finest examples from the outstanding Japanese film industry.


Exhibition opening: 7 pm, 3rd November 2016

The exhibition will be officially opened by Mr Kotaro Suzuki (Minister of Japan)

Opening speeches: Mr Koji Yoshioka (artist) and Yuji Ueda (Tokyo Toy Films)