Thursday 30 September 2021

British Museum - Hokusai | Now open


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Inside 'Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything' showing the title in English and Japanese against a vibrant blue background, and a hanging scroll of a portrait of Hokusai behind.

Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything

Now open

★★★★★ ‘an imaginative adventure’ – The Times
★★★★ ‘sensational’ – The Guardian
★★★★ ‘powerful’ – Londonist

Our latest special exhibition showcases Hokusai’s inimitable style through 103 recently rediscovered drawings, on display for the first time. 

The works produced in the 1820s–40s not only give a unique insight into the artist’s world and work, but also 19th-century Japan.

The original brush drawings are accompanied by other works produced during Hokusai’s long career, including his masterpiece The Great Wave.

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Inside 'Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything' - a visitor is seen through a round aperture looking at framed drawings.

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Curator Alfred Haft presents a Hokusai drawing during a 'Curator's corner' episode.

Curator’s corner

Exhibition highlights

Curator Alfred Haft shares some of his favourite objects from the show, giving you insight into Hokusai’s life and why these drawings are so special.

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Brush drawing showing The bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara seated on the head of a dragon.

Curators’ introduction

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Tune in at 12.00 BST today for a free curators’ introduction to the show – book your spot below, or subscribe on YouTube to watch anytime.

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