Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Under the wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) from Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. Acquired with the assistance of the Art Fund. © The Trustees of the British Museum. On display 25 May – 13 August.

Celebrating the later years of iconic artist Katsushika Hokusai’s work, Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, supported by Mitsubishi Corporation, runs from the 25 May – 13 August 2017 at the British Museum.

Year-end accounts. Ink and colour on old Dutch paper, 1824–1826. National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden. On display 25 May – 2 July.

Named after Hokusai’s arguably most famous work, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, the British Museum’s exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave is the first UK exhibition to explore the later works of renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. With pieces on loan from Japan, Europe and the United States, this carefully-curated collection takes both a chronological and thematic look at Hokusai’s poignant works, inspired by his spirituality and subjective viewpoint of the world around him.

Snowy morning, Koishikawa from Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1832. On display 7 July – 13 August.

Beginning his artistic work in his teen years, Katsushika Hokusai dedicated his life to exploring and improving his artistic talent. Believing only his later pieces as worthy of attention, he continued to work into old age creating some of his most famous masterpieces, such as Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (1831 – 1833). The exhibition hosted at the British Museum will also feature works such as Year-end accounts (1824–1826), Amida waterfall, deep beyond the Kiso highway (1833) and Suspension bridge on the border between Hizen and Etchū provinces (1834).

Poppies from Large Flowers. Colour woodblock, 1831-1832. © The Trustees of the British Museum. On display 25 May – 13 August.

Alongside the exhibition, a unique documentary, British Museum presents: Hokusai, will be shown across UK cinemas on the 4th June 2017. Featuring eminent scholars and artists who have been influenced by Hokusai, including the likes of David Hockney, as well as a private viewing of the exhibition, this documentary film offers the perfect partner to this exceptional exhibition.

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