Exhibition “HOKUSAI UPDATED”
A “Hokusai Updated” exhibition is being held at Mori Arts Center Gallery from January 17 (Thu) through March 24 (Sun).
Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese ukiyo-e painter during the Edo period and is the world-famous artist of the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” and “Hokusai Manga” (“Hokusai Sketches”). The “Hokusai Updated” exhibition displays Hokusai’s work from his debut at age 20 until his death at age 90. (Art works will be rotated during the exhibition.)
South Wind, Clear Sky, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, c. 1830-34, Shimane Art Museum (Shinjo Collection)
The priest Kōbō Daishi exorcising a demon, 1844-1847, Nishiaraidaishi Sōjiji
At this exhibition the world-famous “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” series including Kanagawa Okinamiura, also known as The Great Wave, and “Hokusai Manga,” which was the catalyst of the Japonism (French: Japonisme) trend in Europe in the 19th century, are displayed, but recently discovered works, bijinga (pictures of beautiful women), and etehon (book of sketches) are also displayed and some of them are displayed for the first time in Japan. You will probably experience a somewhat different world of Hokusai than you may have imagined.
Under the Wave off Kanagawa, from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” c. 1830-34 Shimane Art Museum (Shinjo Collection)
Left below: Illustrated Book of the Life of Sakyamuni-Buddha (Shaka goichidaiki zue), 1845, Shimane Art Museum (Nagata Collection)
The Ghost of Kohada Koheiji, from the series One Hundred Ghost Stories, c. 1831-32, HAGI URAGAMI MUSEUM
Woman reading a letter, c. 1805, Cincinnati Art Museum
At this exhibition, Hokusai’s 70 years of life as an artist are introduced by tracing the history of his art style in six chapters. You can get an overview of the full scope of Hokusai, who always kept challenging something new.
Newly Published Cut-out Pictures: New Public Bathhouse, c. 1807-12, Shimane Art Museum (Nagata Collection)
This art work is a composable public bath kit, the work made by cutting out and putting the parts together.
This is how it looks after building up all the parts together.
An exhibition that exhibits so many works of Katsushika Hokusai is very rare. I was deeply drawn into the world of Hokusai, which features powerful works, beautiful works, works depicting ghosts, and so on. I walked around in the exhibition halls and looked at the works that I was most interested in several times. Please take your time and thoroughly enjoy the world of Hokusai.
Visited on January 16, 2019.
(Artworks will be rotated during the exhibition.)
【Details of HOKUSAI UPDATED】
until March 24 (Sun), 2019 *Artworks will be rotated during the exhibition.
10:00 – 20:00 (open until 17:00 on Tuesdays) *Entry permitted up to 30 minutes before closing time.
January 29 (Tue), February 19 (Tue), February 20 (Wed), March 5 (Tue)
Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills, Mori Building 52F)
Admission (tax included):
Adults 1,600 yen
University/High school students 1,300 yen
Junior high school / Elementary school students 600 yen
Roppongi, Azabu-juban (Subway)
*The information herein is as of February 2019.