Hokusai is the first major presentation in Australia of one of Japan’s most influential, prolific and everlastingly popular artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849).
An influential master of Japanese manga and a self-proclaimed ‘drawing maniac’, Hokusai produced a body of work comprising of some of the most recognisable and reproduced images in the history of Asian art, most notably, “The Great Wave.”
Spanning the artist’s entire career, Hokusai will include more than 150 works by the artist, comprising woodblock prints, rare paintings on silk that have never been seen before in Australia, and hand-printed manga (illustrated books).
Director of the NGV, Tony Ellwood says that the exhibition offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors, “Katsushika Hokusai is considered one of Japan’s greatest and enduringly popular artists,” he said. “The unprecedented Australian exhibition, Hokusai, offers audiences a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the artist’s influential legacy in one of the most comprehensive exhibitions ever staged outside of Japan.”
Hokusai opens at the National Gallery of Victoria from 21 July. For more information, see http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/