Hokusai beyond the Great Wave

Major exhibition at the British Museum
25 May - 13 August 2017

 The exhibition will focus on Hokusai’s work from the time he turned 60, which he marked by taking a new artistic name, Iitsu, thereby suggesting that his artistic practice was being reborn.  It is from this time, we believe, that Hokusai’s art achieves its full expression, synthesizing the Chinese, Japanese and western styles he had mastered during his earlier career and using this mastery to explore the myriad phenomena of worlds both seen and unseen. 

The exhibition will begin with the Great Wave, now perhaps the most reproduced icon in the world, then trace the evolution of Hokusai’s work in painting and drawing, woodblock prints and illustrated books, until the extraordinary paintings produced in the very last years of his life.

Full details on the British Museum website.

 Under the Wave off Kanagawa © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2008,3008.1.JA

Under the Wave off Kanagawa © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2008,3008.1.JA