“Hokusai-Retrospective: The 150th Anniversary of Friendship between Japan and Germany” Held in Berlin! — Approximately 440 Hokusai Masterpieces Spanning the Entire Period of His More than Seventy-year Artistic Career

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of friendship between Japan and Germany, the Japan Foundation is to host “Hokusai-Retrospective” at Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin, Germany) operated by Berliner Festspiele. This retrospective traces the approximately 70 years of creative activities of the renowned Ukiyo-e artist, Katsushika Hokusai. On display will be approximately 440 works including pieces from the Hokusai collection of Sumida City, birthplace of the artist. Included are such masterpieces as “The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa” from the series of “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” as well as books, original drawings and wood-block prints including surimono from sketches by Hokusai. ”Hokusai-Retrospective” presents many achievements of this remarkable artist whose works greatly influenced Western impressionism.

Logo of The 150th Anniversary of Friendship between Japan and Germany 150 years have passed since Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and Prussia was concluded on January 24, 1861. The year 2011 has been designated as "The 150th Anniversary of Friendship between Japan and Germany." Numerous events in various fields are being held to further promote cooperation and exchange between the two countries.

Outline
Title: Hokusai-Retrospective: The 150th Anniversary of Friendship between Japan and Germany
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau
Niederkirchnerstr. 7, 10963 Berlin, Germany
http://www.gropiusbau.de
Closed: Tuesdays
Admission: 9 euros
6 euros for students and physically challenged people
6 euros each for a group of more than 10 people
Free for visitors 16 years old or younger
Website: http://www.berlinerfestspiele.de
http://www.jpf.go.jp
Host: Logo of Host organizations
Curator: Seiji Nagata (Director of Katsushika Hokusai Museum of Art)
Special support: Logo of Ishibashi Foundation
Support: Embassy of Japan in Germany
Sponsor: Logo of sponsors
Cooperation: Logo of ANA and Juchheim

Related events

Lecture:
Date: August 26, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Seiji Nagata (Exhibition Curator)

Print demonstration by the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints: Commentator: Meguri Nakayama
Print demonstrator: Chiharu Kawai
Date: August 27, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
August 28, September 3 and 4, 2011, 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Images

  • Photo of artwork titled The Ghost of Oiwa
    "The Ghost of Oiwa" from the series of "One Hundred Ghost Stories" (1831-32)
    Collection of Katsushika Hokusai Museum of Art
  • Photo of artwork Untitled (Poppies)
    "Untitled (Poppies)" (1833-35)
    Collection of Sumida City
  • Photo of artwork titled View of Koshigoe from Shichirigahama Beach
    "View of Koshigoe from Shichirigahama Beach"
    Collection of Sumida City
  • Photo of artwork titled Shower below the Summit
    “Shower below the Summit” from the series of ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji‘
    Collection of Katsushika Hokusai Museum of Art

 

Works to be Displayed

Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849, born in current Sumida City, Tokyo) appeared as an Ukiyo-e artist in the late Edo period, and, while changing his artistic name more than 30 times, was engaged in Ukiyo-e production for approximately 70 years. His lifework of approximately 440 pieces of Nishikie (brocade pictures), illustrations, Etehon (painting manuals), wood-block prints and original drawings will be displayed.

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