British Museum presents Hokusai

Sunday 4 June 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre

This event is fully booked

Supported by Mitsubishi Corporation

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This fascinating new cinema event is a groundbreaking documentary made to accompany the exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave.

Filmed in Japan, France and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the highly developed urban culture of Edo (modern Tokyo) in the early 1800s.

Using extraordinary close-ups and groundbreaking ultra HD 8K video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts including Exhibition Curator Tim Clark and Roger Keyes, whose 90-volume catalogue raisonné is being digitised.

Hokusai spent his life celebrating and studying our common humanity as well as exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a talisman of immortality. He knew much tragedy, was once struck by lightning and lived for years in poverty, but never gave up his constant search for perfection in his art.

As Japan emerged from isolation, Hokusai found recognition in the west. The Great Wave and other works changed modern art, inspiring artists from Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso to Hockney and Baselitz. Hokusai is the only artist with an emoji, the father of manga, and still a vital inspiration to artists today.

The screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with Producer Patricia Wheatley, Head of Broadcast at the British Museum, and Exhibition Curator Tim Clark.

Presented in collaboration with Japan House.

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