HOKUSAI, May 19 – June 3, 2018

By on February 14, 2018

Hokusai was born in the Sumida district of Edo (Tokyo today). He worked in a number of techniques, but became most famous for his woodcut. Among these, the series appears where he depicts Mount Fuji from different perspectives and, above all, the most famous image in this series; the iconic under the wave outside Kanagawa.

The woods also reflect Hokusai’s lively but everyday social life among folkloristic friends and geishor and to the four books that illustrate this time in his life. It was in this context that he coined the concept of Manga.

Hokusai was born in a time when Japan was an isolated country and largely governed by the shoguns, where the military and political power were weakened. And in Edo, former Tokyo, a subculture called “The Floating World” was established. Hokusai was in its center and was attended by theater people, geishor and the house hostesses. Here he found inspiration for the woodcuts that are richly illustrated with the everyday he was in. Several of the artists of the past depicted life in the Floating World (Ukiyo-e) and it was common to receive orders and sell them as invitation cards, thank you cards, etc.

But it was not only the lively world of Edo as Hokusai painted in its woodcut, but also the Japanese nature, and just Hokusai is most famous for Under the wave outside Kanagawa. Woodcut artists like Hokusai and his natural motif have been very important for landscape painting in all corners of the world.

As the exhibition is going on for a very limited time, tickets can also be booked via Ticketmaster. Millesgården will have extended opening hours during the period.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Lidingö