Hokusai as the father of modern manga: facts and fictions

Thursday 6 June 2019,
BP Lecture Theatre
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A lunchtime lecture by Tim Clark, Head of the Japanese section in the Department of Asia, British Museum.

How does modern manga relate to ukiyo-e (‘floating world pictures’), the traditional school of popular art in Japan? Is the celebrated Great Wave print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) the first example of anime?

A key work central to Hokusai’s long career was Hokusai manga, a series of 15 printed volumes that reproduced his ‘random sketches’ over more than half a century, from 1814-1878. But did manga in 1814 mean the same as manga does today? Tim Clark, co-curator of the Museum’s 2017 exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, sifts the evidence.

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