Bowers Museum in Orange County
Beyond the Great Wave: Works by Hokusai from the British Museum
October 21, 2023 – January 7, 2024
The Bowers Museum in Orange County will open new exhibition Beyond the Great Wave: Works by Hokusai from the British Museum October 21, 2023 through January 7, 2024.
Special-Ticketed Exhibition: Please note that Beyond the Great Wave: Works by Hokusai from the British Museum is a special-ticketed exhibition and includes General Admission ticket access (including The Power of Photography and all 8 permanent galleries).
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is the renowned artist behind The Great Wave, one of the most iconic prints ever made. Originally part of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, this seminal vision of man in nature is just one of the estimated 30,000 prints that Hokusai designed over his 70-year career. This exhibition includes a beautiful early example of The Great Wave and ventures beyond to feature a broad selection of works that Hokusai produced right up to his death at the age of 90.
Visitors will be able to examine Hokusai’s personal beliefs through more than 100 paintings, drawings, woodblock prints, and illustrated books that speak to his early career, rise to fame, interest in the natural and supernatural worlds, personal life, and search for immortality. Distinct from the art of his Japanese contemporaries, Hokusai’s work is intensely individual, subjective, energized and sublime, and the exhibition will provide a powerfully emotional and spiritual experience.
Hokusai never left Japan, but his work traveled around the globe to inspire many European artists and collectors such as Monet and Van Gogh. The exhibition includes biographical portraits of six individuals who helped build the Hokusai collection at the British Museum and shows how these scholars and proponents of Japanese art understood and appreciated Hokusai’s genius, skill and invention.
The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Bowers Museum.