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In the latter half of the 19th century, Western artists were fascinated by the new expression they found in Japanese art, and this led to the phenomenon known as Japonisme. It was the genius ukiyo-e artist Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) to whom they turned the most. Hokusai’s influence spread across the entire West, including the work of Monet, Degas and the other Impressionists, and can be found throughout myriad art forms, from paintings to prints, sculpture, posters and decorative arts.
This exhibition, organized in Japan and the first of its kind worldwide, examines the development of modern Western art through the lens of Hokusai and Japonisme. Bringing together artworks from museums and private collections in Japan and overseas, the exhibition will compare around 220 Western artworks, including those by Monet, Degas, Cézanne and Gauguin, with about 110 works by Hokusai (around 40 color woodblock prints and 70 woodblock-printed books).
Visitors can discover new intriguing aspects of how the West viewed and learned from Hokusai, all while enjoying Western art masterpieces born from the West’s encounter with this standard-bearer of a foreign culture.

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Evening Exhibition Viewing and Mini Talk
Event Date: Nov. 15 (Wed) part 1: 18:40-19:10, part 2: 19:30-20:00
Exhibition viewing time: 18:00-21:00 (last entry: 20:30)
Capacity: 300
Speakers: Mari Hashimoto (writer, editor), Shiro Takagi (chief editor of “Waraku” magazine)
*Event in Japanese.

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from October 21, 2017 to January 28, 2018
Closing at 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays except Nov. 18. Closed on Mondays (except Jan. 8) and Dec. 28 to Jan 1, Jan. 9. (open on Jan. 8)



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