Hokusai
beyond the Great Wave

25 May – 13 August 2017

Closed 3 – 6 July 2017

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Experience the beautiful and sublime work of one of Japan’s greatest artists.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most memorable masterpieces.

More about the exhibition

Throughout the exhibition, outstanding examples of Hokusai’s work will show the artist’s creative breadth and depth. A selection of superb landscapes is introduced with the iconic Great Wave – itself part of a print series of views of Mt Fuji. Intimate domestic scenes capture fleeting moments in private lives. Exquisite depictions of flora and fauna display an innate skill in representing the natural world. The artist’s imagination is given full rein in the portrayal of supernatural creatures such as ghosts and deities. Through all of these works, explore Hokusai’s personal beliefs and gain a fascinating insight into the artist’s spiritual and artistic quest in his later years.

The exhibition will include prints, paintings and illustrated books, many of which are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these extraordinary works together.

Please note for conservation reasons there will be a rotation of about half the artworks halfway through the exhibition run. Some works can only be displayed for a limited period of time due to their light sensitivity. The new works will substitute similar ones and will not affect the exhibition’s story. To facilitate the rotation, the exhibition will be closed between 3 and 6 July.

Membership

See the exhibition free as a Member

Tickets

Adults £12, under 16s free


Opening times

25 May – 13 August 2017
Closed 3 – 6 July 2017
Last entry 80 minutes before closing

Full opening times


Getting here

Room 35, British Museum,
Great Russell Street, London
WC1B 3DG


Groups

Special group rates available
Bookings +44 (0)20 7323 8181

tickets@britishmuseum.org

Highlight works

Year-end accounts

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


Umezawa Manor in Sagami Province from Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji

Umezawa Manor in Sagami Province from Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. On display 7 July – 13 August.


Under the wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) from Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji

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. On display 25 May – 13 August.


Clear day with a southern breeze (Red Fuji) from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji

Clear day with a southern breeze (Red Fuji) from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. On display 25 May – 13 August.


Amida waterfall, deep beyond the Kiso highway

Amida waterfall, deep beyond the Kiso highway. Colour woodblock, 1833. The Tōyō Bunko, Tokyo. On display 7 July – 13 August.


Eagle and cherry

Eagle and cherry. Hanging scroll, ink and colour on silk, 1843. Ujiie Ukiyo-e Collection, Kamakura. On display 7 July – 13 August.


Poppies

Poppies. Colour woodblock, 1831-1832. On display 25 May – 13 August.


Snowy morning, Koishikawa from Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji

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


Weeping cherry and bullfinch

Weeping cherry and bullfinch. Colour woodblock, c. 1834. On display 7 July – 13 August.


Suspension bridge on the border between Hizen and Etchū provinces

Suspension bridge on the border between Hizen and Etchū provinces. Colour woodblock, 1834. On display 25 May – 2 July.

  • Year-end accounts

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

  • Umezawa Manor in Sagami Province from Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji

    Umezawa Manor in Sagami Province from Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. On display 7 July – 13 August.

  • Under the wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) from Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji

    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. On display 25 May – 13 August.

  • Clear day with a southern breeze (Red Fuji) from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji

    Clear day with a southern breeze (Red Fuji) from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. On display 25 May – 13 August.

  • Amida waterfall, deep beyond the Kiso highway

    Amida waterfall, deep beyond the Kiso highway. Colour woodblock, 1833. The Tōyō Bunko, Tokyo. On display 7 July – 13 August.

  • Eagle and cherry

    Eagle and cherry. Hanging scroll, ink and colour on silk, 1843. Ujiie Ukiyo-e Collection, Kamakura. On display 7 July – 13 August.

  • Poppies

    Poppies. Colour woodblock, 1831-1832. On display 25 May – 13 August.

  • Snowy morning, Koishikawa from Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji

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

  • Weeping cherry and bullfinch

    Weeping cherry and bullfinch. Colour woodblock, c. 1834. On display 7 July – 13 August.

  • Suspension bridge on the border between Hizen and Etchū provinces

    Suspension bridge on the border between Hizen and Etchū provinces. Colour woodblock, 1834. On display 25 May – 2 July.

Lead image: Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Under the Wave off Kanagawa (detail). Colour woodblock print, c. 1831. Acquired with the assistance of the Art Fund.