25 May - 13 August 2017 Closed 3 - July Room 35 £12.00, Members/under 16s free
Experience the beautiful and sublime work of one of Japanís greatest artists.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760Ė1849) is widely regarded as Japanís most famous and influential artist. 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 Hokusaiís life Ė a time when he produced some of his most famous masterpieces.
Throughout the exhibition, outstanding examples of Hokusaiís work will show the artistís creative breadth and depth. A selection of superb landscapes is introduced with the iconic Great Wave Ė 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 artistís imagination is given full rein in the portrayal of supernatural creatures such as ghosts and deities. Through all of these works, explore Hokusaiís personal beliefs and gain a fascinating insight into the artistís 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 exhibitionís story. To facilitate the rotation, the exhibition will be closed between 3 and 6 July.
Free entry and priority access to all special exhibitions including:
- South Africa: the art of a nation (27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017)
- The American Dream: pop to the present (9 March 2017 Ė 18 June 2017)
- Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave (25 May Ė 13 August 2017; closed 3 - 6 July)