Visual Magic: Exhibition of Masterpieces from Hokusai Museum, Obuse, Commemorating the 170th Anniversary of Hokusai’s Death

The Sumida Hokusai Museum

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To commemorate the 170th anniversary of Katsushika Hokusai’s death, our museum and Hokusai Museum, Obuse have joined together to organize a pair of exchange exhibitions. Hokusai Museum, Obuse is located in Obuse in Nagano Prefecture, a place that Hokusai visited during his later years. The theme of the Sumida Hokusai Museum is “Visual Magic.” It probes the astonishing appeal we find in Hokusai’s works when we realize that he does not depict his subjects simply as they are, but manages to add unnatural structural elements, without making the resulting work appear unnatural. This exhibition is thus a rare opportunity to see nearly 120 works from Hokusai Museum, Obuse collection on display elsewhere than in that museum. The works on display include brush-drawing paintings from Hokusai’s early to his late periods as well as his iconic Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and other polychrome prints.

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from November 19, 2019 to January 19, 2020

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