July 29 (Wed) – September 6 (Sun) 2009

*The museum will remain open during the entire 40 day exhibit.

Hours: 9:00 – 18:00 (Admission until 17:30)
Location: Aomori Museum of Art Special Exhibit Gallery
Admission: General 800 Yen (600 Yen)
University and High School Students 500 Yen (400 Yen)
Junior High and Elementary School Students 200 Yen (100 Yen)
*During Children’s Museum Days (July 29-August 23) admission for Elementary and Junior High School Students is free.
*Amounts given in parentheses are admission for groups of 20 people or greater and must be purchased ahead of time. Tickets for elementary school students and junior high school students may not be purchased in advance.
*Persons with disability may be accompanied by 1 attendant for free of charge.
*Admission to the permanent collection is free for schools visiting the museum.

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BABA Noboru (1927-2001) was a manga artist as well as a picture book artist, whose works continued to be loved by many to this day.

Born in Sannohe Town of Aomori Prefecture, BABA moved to Tokyo after becoming friends with SHIRAKI Shigeru, a writer of children’s literature from the same hometown, and started his career as a manga artist. After producing the popular children’s manga works such as “Posto-kun” and “Būtan”, BABA expanded his field of work to include newspapers and weekly magazines, gaining support from multiple generations. BABA also was active in the world of picture books, in particular, his work, “Jūippiki no Neko” (Eleven Hungry Cats) was made into a 6 volume series, which has been a record breaking long-running bestseller, selling over 3 million copies.

This exhibit introduces the work of BABA Noboru in its entirety, and is also the first retrospective exhibit of BABA Noboru. Coming and going between the two genres of manga and picture books, BABA spent his life illustrating works filled with humor and warmth. This exhibit introduces his work, beginning with the “Jūippiki no Neko” (Eleven Cats) series, and includes never before seen precious materials from his early career such as manga originals, rough sketches, and the notes of the artist.

Outline of the Exhibit

  • Chapter 1: The world of picture books
  • Chapter 2: Children’s manga period
  • Chapter 3: Manga period
  • Chapter 4: The world of cats
  • Chapter 5: BABA Noboru, the manga artist

  • “Ōgon
    “Ōgon Washi” (Golden Eagle)
    circa 1948, Shobunsha
    “Posto-kun”
    “Posto-kun”
    original, 1954
    “Būtan”
    “Būtan”
    original, 1954

    “Jūippiki
    “Jūippiki no Neko to Ahōdori” (Eleven Cats and an Albatross)
    rough sketch, 1972

    Exhibit Details

    1 Name BABA Noboru Exhibit
    2 Period June 29 (Wed) – September 6 (Sun) 2009
    (The museum will remain open everyday during this period)
    3 Location Aomori Museum of Art Special Exhibit Gallery
    4 Hours 9:00-18:00 (Admission until 17:30)
    5 Organizers BABA Noboru Exhibit Committee (Aomori Museum of Art, Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., Daily Tohoku Shimbun Inc., Mutsu Shimpo Co., Ltd.)
    6 Special Cooperation Sannohe Town, Koguma Publishing Co., Ltd.
    7 Supports Aomori Prefecture Board of Education, Aomori Prefecture Child-Care Union, Aomori Prefecture Private Kindergarten Union, Aomori Prefecture PTA Union
    8 Admission General 800 Yen (600 Yen)
    University and High School Students 500 Yen (400 Yen)
    Junior High and Elementary School Students 200 Yen (100 Yen)
    *During Children’s Museum Days (July 29-August 23) admission for Elementary and Junior High School Students is free.
    *Amounts given in parentheses are admission for groups of 20 people or greater and must be purchased ahead of time. Tickets for elementary school students and junior high school students may not be purchased in advance.
    Persons with disability may be accompanied by 1 attendant for free of charge.
    *Admission to the permanent collection is free for schools visiting the museum.

    Aomori Museum of Art

    Address 185 Chikano, Yasuta, Aomori,
    Aomori, 038-0021, Japan
    TEL 017-783-3000
    E-mail bijutsukan@pref.aomori.lg.jp
    Access (JR) 20 minutes by car from JR Aomori Station
    (Aomori Municipal bus.) 20 min. by bus bound for "MENKYO-CENTER" from JR Aomori Station.The Bus Stop "Kenritsu-bijutsukan-mae"
    (Airport) 20 minutes by car from the Aomori Airport.
    (Highway) 5 minutes by car from the Tohoku Expressway Aomori Interchange