• December 21, 2013 - March 23, 2014 Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • April 26, - June 22, 2014 Kobe City Museum
  • July 12, - August 31, 2014 Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Riverwalk Gallery
  • September 13, - November 9, 2014 The Ueno Royal Museum
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Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  • Nagoya
  • Kobe
  • Kitakyushu
  • Tokyo

[Nagoya]  December 21, 2013 - March 23, 2014 Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Opening hours
Weekday, 10:00am – 7:00 pm / Sat, Sun and Public Holidays, January 2 and 3 ,10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on Mondays, December 27 – January 1
*During weeks when a national holiday or substitute holiday falls on a Monday, the Museum will be open Monday and closed on Tuesday instead.
Admission
Adults 1200(1000)yen / Senior citizens & Students 900(700)yen
* Figures in ( ) are for advance purchase tickets or group (20people and more) discount rates
**"Senior citizens" means those whose age is 65 years old and over.
***Junior High/Elementary School Students: Free
****One person accompanying persons with disability is admitted free of charge. 
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Co-organized by
The Chunichi Shimbun
Supported by
The Embassy of the United States of America / Nagoya American Center / Aichi Prefectural Government / City of Nagoya /Aichi Prefectural Board of Education / Nagoya City Board of Education / Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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JAPAN AIRLINES / Kintetsu Corporation / Central Japan Railway Company / Nagoya Railroad Co., Ltd. / Transportation Bureau, City of Nagoya / ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Court NAGOYA / ESCA / Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd. / Unimall

[Kobe] April 26, - June 22, 2014 Kobe City Museum (24, Kyo-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe)

Opening hours
9:30 – 17:30 (9:30 – 19:00 on Saturday), *admission until 30 minutes before closing time
Closed on Mondays (Except for April 28, May 5)
Admission
Adults 1400(1200)yen, High school/university student 1,000(850)yen ,Junior high school/elementary school student 600(450)yen
* Figures in ( ) are for advance purchase tickets or group (20people and more) discount rates
Organized by
Kobe City Museum / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Nikkei Inc. / The Kobe Shimbun
Supported by
The Embassy of the United States of America / Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Kobe Broadcasting Station / Television Osaka, Inc. / SUN TELEVISION CO., LTD.
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JAPAN AIRLINES
Special Cooperated by
Japan Educational Mutual Aid Association of Welfare Foundation, Hyogo Branch

[Kitakyushu] July 12, - August 31, 2014 Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Riverwalk Gallery

Opening hours
10:00 – 18:00, *admission until 17:30
* Open every day during exhibition periods
Admission
Adults 1300(1100)yen, High school/university student 800(600)yen ,Junior high school/elementary school student 600(400)yen
* Figures in ( ) are for advance purchase tickets or group (20people and more) discount rates
Organized by
HOKUSAI Executive Committee: Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art / THE NISHINIPPON SHIMBUN CO.,LTD. / TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co.,Ltd.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Nikkei Inc.
Supported by
The Embassy of the United States of America / Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Kitakyushu Broadcasting Station / Kyushu Railway Company / Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd. / Kitakyushu Urban Monorail Co., Ltd. / Chikuho Electric Railroad Co., Ltd. / Star Flyer Inc. / NISHINIPPON INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY / Nishinippon Living Shimbun Co., Ltd.
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JAPAN AIRLINES

[Tokyo] September 13, - November 9, 2014 The Ueno Royal Museum

Opening hours
10:00 – 17:00 (10:00 – 20:00 on Friday)
admission until 30 minutes before closing time
Closed on 9/16(Tue), 9/29(Mon), 10/6(Mon), 10/14(Tue), 10/20(Mon), 10/27(Mon)
Admission
Adults 1500(1300/1200)yen, High school/university student 1,200(1000/900)yen ,Junior high school/elementary school student 500(400/300)yen
* Figures in ( ) are discount rates for advance purchase tickets / group (20 people and more)
Organized by
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Nikkei Inc. / TV TOKYO Corporation
Supported by
The Embassy of the United States of America
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JAPAN AIRLINES

ABOUT EXHIBITION

The Extraordinary Beauty of Hokusai, from Boston!

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was an ukiyo-e artist active in the late Edo period. For seventy years, until his death in his ninetieth year, he was relentless in his experimentation with new artistic styles. While ukiyo-e prints are loved and admired over the world, Hokusai’s work is especially popular, a favorite of dedicated collectors and researchers in Europe and America as well as Japan. His work is found in museum collections worldwide. Hokusai was also the only Japanese individual chosen by Life magazine for its list of the hundred most important events and individuals in the last millennium.*

This exhibition presents a selection of works by Hokusai, the pride of Japan, from the world-famous collection of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts(MFA), Boston. Curated by Nagata Seiji, the foremost authority in Hokusai studies, it also includes jewels from the MFA collection in this rigorously selected group of 142 works with truly amazing colors, including works of extreme rarity to be seen nowhere else. Here you will experience a view of Hokusai that will exceed your most vivid imagination.

※ "Life Millennium : The 100 Most Important Events and People of the Past, 1000 Year" 1998

A message from the curator-in-chief of the exhibition

In January 2008, five years ago, with Printed Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, we began a series of exhibitions of famous ukiyo-e from the MFA collection. This exhibition is the third and final event in this series. More than half of the nearly 450 works carefully selected for the series were shown for the first time in Japan. Ukiyo-e fans have responded enthusiastically to these works, many so vividly colored that they could have been printed just today.

This exhibition devoted to Hokusai is a fitting final embellishment to our series. It may not be too widely known that Hokusai and His School, the first comprehensive exhibition of Hokusai’s work organized from a scholarly point of view, was curated by Ernest Fenollosa (1853-1908) and held by the Department of Chinese and Japanese Art of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. Today, 120 years later, our exhibition presents works by Hokusai from Boston, back in Japan, the country where they were created.

This exhibition’s unusually broad-ranging content is presented in three sections. Section 1,“Seven Decades of Hokusai’s Ukiyo-e Prints: A History in Rare and Remarkable Works,” comprises 110 ukiyo-e prints displayed in chronological order, divided by subject matter and style, to, as the title suggests, provide an overview of Hokusai’s seven-decade-long career. It includes not only the famous prints that epitomize Hokusai’s work but also many rare and little known works. Section 2, “Luxurious Surimono Prints and Rare Books,” includes 19 surimono (privately commissioned prints) and seven woodblock printed books.  The surimono included are carefully selected, superb examples of outstanding quality, providing visitors an opportunity to appreciate the artistic qualities of these lavishly produced prints. The books, primarily volumes of kyōka (humorous verse), include, for example, the only known extant copy of one book; they are sure to contribute significantly to future research. Section 3, “Brush-drawn Paintings and Master Drawings for Prints: Father-Daughter Collaboration” combines six works by Hokusai with a brush-drawn painting by his daughter Ōi. They include works long judged to be masterworks as well as exhibits regarded as reference materials of the first order, indispensable for research on Hokusai.

This exhibition is not only a chance to explore the full range of Hokusai’s works. It is also a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see many precious works that embellish the conclusion of our three-part series Printed Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. We hope that as many visitors as possible seize this unparalleled opportunity to deepen their understanding of Hokusai’s art.

Nagata Seiji
Exhibition Curator-in-chief
(Director of Katsushika Hokusai Museum of Art)

HIGHLIGHT

When Ernest Fenollosa, known for his efforts, in conjunction with Okakura Tenshin, to preserve and revitalize Japanese art, returned to the United States, he became a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He then organized Hokusai and His School, the Department of Chinese and Japanese Art's first special exhibition, in 1892-93. That was the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to Hokusai's work. Now, 120 years later, those Hokusai works are coming home from Boston to Japan.

Since entered into the museum collection, most of the ukiyo-e prints never left the museum's premises and, until recently, were almost never exhibited, they have been preserved in extraordinarily good condition. The 142 works displayed in this exhibition have been rigorously selected from this amazing collection. They are as bright and vividly colored as if the printmaker had just pulled them from the blocks.

The works on display include such famous works from the MFA collection as the rare early-period warrior print Nanba no Rokurō Tsunetō and the uchiwa fan painting Carp and Iris. In addition to ink-drawn paintings that reveal the movements of Hokusai's brush, they also include such rare woodblock printed books as Flower's Elder Brother (Hana no Ani) and Dances for the Bon Festival (Bon Odori). The riches of this collection reveal unknown aspects of Hokusai.

Here you will also see works that everyone knows: all eight prints from the series A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces (Shokoku Taki Meguri), all five prints from the series One Hundred Ghost Stories (Hyaku Monogatari), the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei) , and the series Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces (Shokoku Meikyo Kiran) . Enjoy seeing these legendary works by Hokusai in the gloriously vivid colors found only in the MFA collection.

On display will be such extremely rare works as all eleven prints from the series Newly Published Perspective Pictures of Chūshingura (Shinpan Uki-e Chūshingura), together with the series The Dutch Picture Lens:Eight Views of EDO (Oranda Ekgagami Edo Hakkei) series. Also included in this full line-up of works that Hokusai fans have long been wanting to see are examples of sets of prints designed to be cut out and assembled in three-dimensional dioramas (kumiage-e).*
*Plans include on-site reproduction of the dioramas.

Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry (Uso, Shidarezakura), from an untitled Chūban series of Flower and Bird(part) William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
The Ghost of Kohada Koheiji (Kohada Koheiji), from the series One Hundred Ghost Stories (Hyaku Monogatari) (part)  William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Red Zhong Kui (Shōki), the Demon Queller(part)  William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Carp and Iris (part)  William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Fine Wind, Clear Weather (Gaifū Kaisei), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjūrokkei) (part)  Nellie Parney Carter Collection—Bequest of Nellie Parney Carter
The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa (Kanagawa Oki Namiura), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjūrokkei) (part)  William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Tatekawa in Honjo (Honjo Tatekawa), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjūrokkei) (part)  Anonymous gift
Poppies, from an untitled Ōban series of Flower and Bird (part)  William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Interior of a Brothel in the Yoshiwara (part)   William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Newly Published Cut-out Pictures: Dance of the Gods at the Heavenly Cave (Shinpan Kumiage Tōrō-e: Ama no Iwato Kami Kagura no Zu), Part 1 () (part)  William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
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