Hokusai Updated: Welcome to The Perpetual World of Hokusai
Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan’s most famous artists, with his iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” included in the "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series. Hokusai Manga (or “Hokusai Sketches”) was the catalyst for the Japonism movement that swept through Europe during the 19th century and today the “Great Wave” is known around the globe.
But these works represent a mere fraction of Hokusai’s body of works, which were created over a career that spanned around 70 years. For the first time in over 10 years, a large and comprehensive Hokusai exhibition will be held in Tokyo, showcasing recently discovered works and masterpieces that he created, gathering from both in Japan and abroad.
Hokusai’s artistic life will be presented across six different chapters, which illustrate the evolution of his style and representative paintings of each period. From his debut creations at 20 years of age to his last painting at 90 years old, the exhibition will present around 480 different works that will be rotated throughout the weeks.
When: The exhibition will run from the 17th of January 2019 to the 24th of March 2019.
Place: Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F)
Time: 10:00 - 20:00 daily (until 17:00 on Tuesdays)
Closed: 29th of January, 19th and 20th of February and 5th of March
Audio Guides: To gain a deeper insight into Hokusai’s works, you may opt to explore the exhibition with a paid (550 JPY tax incl.) audio guide in either Japanese or English, with easy-to-understand explanations.
Katsushika Hokusai died on the 1849 at the age of 90, with it said that he exclaimed on his deathbed: “If only Heaven will give me just another ten years... Just another five more years, then I could become a real painter.” The changing styles represented in the exhibition across Hokusai’s 70 years as an artist reflect his vision to reform the world of Japanese art, with a few highlights outlined below.
•“The Sunflower” - This painting was created by Hokusai when he was 88 years old and illustrates that even towards the end of his life, he exuded the energy that pervaded his work and showed no signs of slowing down. This work belongs to the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum in the United States.
•“Kanadehon Chūshingura” - This small collection of 10 woodblock prints is considered a Hokusai treasure as it was only discovered in recent years. It’s also on loan from the Cincinnati Art Museum.
•"The Great Wave off Kanagawa” - Considered one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world, this woodblock print is in the Hokusai’s series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”.
•"Fine Wind, Clear Morning” - Also from the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” series, this woodblock print depicts the rising sun as it illuminates Mount Fuji a deep red color.
•"The priest Kōbō Daishi exorcising a demon (Kobodaishi Shuho-zu)” - This large Nikuhitsu-ga (an original drawing) masterpiece depicts Kobo Daishi praying that the ogre will be destroyed.
In addition, there are numerous other fine pieces that represent Hokusai’s extensive body of work and show the Hokusai world like never before. This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Hokusai Updated - Exhibition Shop
If you want to take home your very own piece of Hokusai, be sure to stop in at the exhibition shop. It’s stocked with everything from postcards to pens, phone cases and T-shirts, as well as tote bags, paper files and soy sauce pouring dishes. Many items feature prints of Hokusai’s most famous works so you can celebrate this famous Japanese artist in your day-to-day life or home.
Hokusai Updated - Exhibition Shop
Cafe and Lounge
Hokusai Updated - Cafe and Lounge
To celebrate the opening of “Hokusai Updated”, Cafe The Sun will transform into "THE SUN Tea House featuring Hokusai” for a limited time during the exhibition. Their menu will feature a number of Japanese dishes fused with global cuisines that are inspired by Hokusai’s works, so don’t forget to stop in either before or after visiting the exhibition.
Left: AKAFUJI Curry 1,566 JPY, Right: NAMIURA Dessert Plate1,706 JPY
"THE SUN Tea House featuring Hokusai”
Try the “Red Fuji Curry (AKAFUJI Curry 1,566 JPY)”, inspired by Hokusai’s “Red Fuji”, or the “Hokusai Wave Plate Desert (NAMIURA Dessert Plate1,706 JPY) ” that features daifuku - a Japanese confectionary of mochi stuffed with a sweet filling that was a favorite of Hokusai. You can also enjoy Japanese rice bowls topped with seafood, eel and chicken that were popular during the Edo period when Hokusai was at his most active.
“THE MOON Lounge”
Adjacent to the "THE SUN Tea House featuring Hokusai” is “THE MOON Lounge”, which is also offering a collaborative menu, with items such as the " HOKUSAI Special Dessert Plate " (2,160 JPY including a drink *only available during the café time).
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