The Art of Peanuts comes to the Mori Arts Center Gallery

Events - November 23rd, 2013

If you miss the days of opening up the Sunday paper to catch up with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy, head over to the 52nd floor of Mori Tower and view 100 original works displayed for the first time in Japan at the “Ever and Never” Exhibition.

If you haven’t already been to the exhibition that opened last month, it is worth checking out until January 5, 2014. It is said that Schulz’s Peanuts column was published daily in 2,600 papers in 75 countries, translated to 21 languages, including Japanese, at the peak of its time. The poet Shuntaro Tanikawa translated the strip into Japanese.

Visitors are able to view the decades of work by one of the most influential cartoonists of all time.

There are four different sections of the exhibition, according to the Charles Schulz website curated by the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California.

Section 1: Charles M. Schulz: A Life
Explores Schulz’s childhood, military service, beginnings as an artist, personal hobbies, and family life through objects, photographs, letters, drawings, and awards.

Section 2: Schulz’s Studio
Recreating Schulz’s studio at One Snoopy Place, this display highlights Schulz’s original drawing tools, preliminary sketches, and personal ephemera.

Section 3: Evolution of Peanuts
This section introduces the characters and Schulz’s famous themes and details the evolution of the comic strip in terms of content and art.

Section 4: Beyond the Comic Page
Showcases Peanuts merchandise, promotion, and animation

To see pictures from the exhibition experience so far, check out the official Snoopy exhibition site. And to add your own, hashtag #snoopyten when you post to Instagram or Twitter and your photo will be displayed on the site. Here’s to Peanuts and keeping the legend alive!

Where: Mori Arts Center Gallery, Roppongi Hills

When: October 12th to January 5th, 2014; 10am to 8pm (till 5pm on Tuesdays)

How much: 1,800 JPY in advance; 2,000 JPY at the door

More information: (Japanese only)


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