English

WELCOME TO THE PERPETUAL WORLD OF HOKUSAI

The representative works of artist Hokusai include the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series of landscape woodblock prints—which includes the famous The Great Wave as well as the Hokusai Manga (“Hokusai Sketches”), which triggered the Japonism movement that swept through Europe in the 19th century. While these and other of Hokusai’s famous works are generally known, they in fact represent a mere fraction of Hokusai’s works of art created over a career spanning some 70 years.
The exhibition draws close to the real Hokusai through masterpieces from Japan and abroad, recently discovered works, and works on public display for the first time.

Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills)
January 17 (Thu.) – March 24 (Sun.), 2019

  • Hours:
    10:00 – 20:00 (open until 17:00 on Tuesdays)
    *Entry permitted up to 30 minutes before closing time.
  • Closed:
    January 29 (Tue.), February 19 (Tue.), February 20 (Wed.), March 5 (Tue.)
  • Admission:
    Adults 1,600(1,400) yen; University/High school students 1,300(1,100) yen;
    Junior high school / Elementary school students 600(500) yen
    • ( ) refer to advance and group discount tickets.Group discount tickets: more than 15 persons.
      (Admission for up to one tour guide is free of charge.)
    • *Admission fees for visitors with a disability certificate and up to one accompanying caregiver are half the regular admission fee.

HIGHLIGHTS

1
Around 500 works on display!

A long-awaited large-scale exhibition of Hokusai’s works From his debut work at the age of 20 years until he put down his brush at the age of 90 years, this exhibition presents spanning Hokusai’s long career (Works make be exchanged during the exhibition period). Held in Tokyo for the first time in more than a decade, this is a large-scale, comprehensive exhibition of Hokusai’s works. Famous works and precious artifacts collected from throughout Japan and the world provide a long-awaited opportunity to get to know Hokusai’s full story.

2
Arround 10 works on public display for the very first time!

The Sunflower (painting), which belongs to the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum in the USA, was drawn by Hokusai when he was 88 years old, but the dignified form of the subject shows us how the energy of this artist, who showed no signs of slowing down, pervaded his work. Furthermore, Kanadehon Chūshingura (small-sized collection of woodblock prints; 10 prints), another item from the Cincinnati Art Museum collection is a treasure that was only discovered in recent years. Another must-see are the surimono (prints commissioned privately for special occasions) and daishogoyomi (pictorial calendar) from the collection of the former Tsuwano Clan. All 118 pieces in the set will be exhibited in four periods, and each piece has retained its strikingly beautiful original colors due to having been hidden away for so long.

3
The last exhibition of the Nagata Collection to be shown in Tokyo

Mr. Seiji Nagata, the supervisor for this exhibition, has also collected the works of Hokusai for the purpose of research. In fact, he has collected more than 2,000 works. However, in 2017 he donated all of his Hokusai collection to his hometown of Shimane Prefecture. In accordance with his wishes, following the conclusion of this exhibition, the works from his collection will only be exhibited in Shimane Prefecture. In other words, this exhibition is the last chance to see the Nagata Collection in Tokyo.