The Tsuzuri Project: The Art of Hokusai

The Sumida Hokusai Museum

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[Image: Hokusai Katsushika, “Under the Wave Off Kanagawa, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (The Sumida Hokusai Museum)]

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The Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., renowned for its superb collection of Japanese Art, has remained unknown among many people here in Japan due to the museum policy of not lending its holdings to outside institutions. Hereupon, in cooperation with the Freer Gallery of Art, the Tsuzuri project, organized by Kyoto Culture Association and Canon, reproduced 13 paintings selected from the Freer’s collection of Hokusai paintings, which is the world’s finest and the largest of its kind. This time the Sumida Hokusai Museum will hold an exhibition focusing on those high-resolution facsimiles, together with about 130 related works out of their own collection. The exhibition juxtaposes facsimiles, created using the most advanced digital techniques, and actual works by Hokusai. By offering an opportunity to study the Six Tama Rivers, a pair of six-fold screens, and comparisons of Hokusai’s styles of rendering waves in his painting Breaking Waves and the woodblock print Under the Wave off Kanagawa from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, this exhibition will unveil the essence of Hokusai’s art.

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from June 25, 2019 to August 25, 2019

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