The work of one of Japan's most popular and prolific artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), will be the subject of a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. On display from July 21 until October 15, Hokusai will feature more than 150 works by the eponymous painter and printmaker, including several remarkable pieces that have never been seen in Australia before.
Produced by the NGV in partnership with the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, the exhibition will feature a number of the artist's most iconic creations. These include the instantly recognisable The Great Wave off Kanagawa, as well as the complete Hokusai Manga, which helped shape the development of manga as we know it today.
NGV director James Ellwood has called Hokusai "unprecedented", and said that it would offer Australian 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".
Image: Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese 1760–1849, The great wave off Kanagawa c. 1830, from the Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji series, 1826–33, colour woodblock, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1909 (426-2).
UPDATE OCTOBER 5, 2017: Due to popular demand, the NGV has extended the Hokusai exhibition for another week, until Sunday, October 22. The gallery will stay open until 7pm on both Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 just so you have an extra chance to get there.