'JoJo' creator exhibits work at Gucci's Florence showroom

July 13, 2013

By HIROSHI ISHIDA/ Correspondent

FLORENCE, Italy--A special exhibition of original illustrations by manga artist Hirohiko Araki is now running through July 14 at Italian fashion house Gucci's showroom in this historic city.

Sixty drawings, including original color illustrations featured in the windows of 70 Gucci outlets around the world, are on display in a building that was originally used as a studio when the company was founded.

Araki is the creator of the "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" manga series, which has sold more than 80 million copies.

Local fans joined a reception held on June 27 attended by the artist, who has previously stated that he is largely influenced by Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters.

Araki's flamboyant style captured the attention of Gucci, and the fashion house has collaborated with him since 2011.

A Gucci executive said it was a pleasure to host the exhibition in a town famous for its art and the birthplace of the luxury brand.

An exhibition featuring Araki's original illustrations was also held in 2012 in Tokyo and his native Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture.

By HIROSHI ISHIDA/ Correspondent
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Manga artist Hirohiko Araki is surrounded by Italian fans in Florence. (Hiroshi Ishida)

Manga artist Hirohiko Araki is surrounded by Italian fans in Florence. (Hiroshi Ishida)

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