NGV great wave kanagawa hokusai exhibition

Melbourne just got hit by a tidal wave at the NGV

You would remember when in April, we announced that Victoria’s prestigious National Gallery of Victoria was going to play host to one of the most stunning array of Japanese artworks last this year?

Well, that time is now and Hokusai’s ‘The great wave off Kanagawa’, and many more, is now on display at the NGV, tantalising even the most unfounded enthusiasts of one of Japan’s most renowned artists.

For the first time since their creation over 180 years ago in Edo-period of Japan, two prints of Hokusai’s most iconic work are on display for Melburnian and Australian appreciators.

The exhibition features the NGV’s own print of The great wave, which came into the collection in 1909, and a second, complementary print from the major lender, The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

The prints are the centre-piece of the exhibition Hokusai, featuring over 170 exquisite works, which opened this month.

One of the most comprehensive exhibitions of the artist ever staged outside of Japan, Hokusai has been produced by the NGV in collaboration with the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto, which houses the world’s largest and oldest collection of Japanese woodblock prints.

Hokusai is the first major presentation in Australia of one of Japan’s most influential, prolific and everlastingly popular artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849).  An influential master of Japanese manga and a self-proclaimed ‘drawing maniac’, Hokusai produced a body of work comprising some of the most recognisable and reproduced images in the history of Asian art, most notably The great wave.

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