Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
British Museum
25 May – 13 August 2017
Looking forward to seeing this new exhibition
Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa (or the Great Wave as it is colloquially known) is perhaps the most internationally recognisable example of Japanese printmaking in the world. However, it is in fact one of a series of 36 views of Mount Fuji, and is not nearly as famous as its counterpart Clear Day with a Southern Breeze (Red Fuji) in Hokusai’s native Japan.

In what is the first major UK exhibition to explore the last 30 years of the artist’s life, this pair of important prints from the British Museum collection (the former was acquired with Art Fund support in 2008) will be shown alongside significant loans, including two magnificent painted ceiling panels from Hokusaikan and a depiction of the Red Shoki (or demon queller) from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The display will be rotated half way through the show’s run in order to preserve the delicate nature of many of the works and also offers a chance to see over 100 pieces in total.