Current Exhibition

【Special Exhibition】


【 Hokusai 】

October 3, 2019 – January 13, 2020

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is probably the best known world-wide of Japanese artists of ukiyo-e or woodblock prints. Hokusai devoted himself as if possessed to artistic creation throughout his life and left a wide variety of outstanding works. Of all his masterworks, the picture of the big waves in the series of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji attracts the most of viewers today.
Toyo Bunko holds approximately 50 works by Hokusai, among which we find neither the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji nor his hand paintings. Almost half of the holdings are illustrated books by Hokusai that were printed in black ink. However, the collection consists of Hokusai’s works that span from early in his career to the last years and there are rare works that can hardly be seen elsewhere. Moreover, it is characteristic of Toyo Bunko’s holdings that we have rich collections of works created by other artists during Hokusai’s period and also non-Japanese books that introduced the art of Hokusai overseas. These are valuable materials to better appreciate the period when Hokusai lived and to know how he was evaluated. In this special exhibition, we try to exhibit as many Hokusai works as we can, along with related materials, so that we can get comprehensive views of the Hokusai world. Please discover the charm of Hokusai’s works in their rich styles.

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