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[Special Exhibition]
Hokusai and Japonisme

Saturday, 21 October 2017 – Sunday, 28 January 2018
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
18 November 2017 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays except 8 January 2018.
Closed on 28 December 2017 to 1 January 2018, 9 January.
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art,
The Yomiuri Shimbun,
Nippon Television Network Corporation,
BS Nippon Corporation
With the special sponsorship of:
Canon Inc.
With the sponsorship of:
Kao Corporation,
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.,
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.,
Toyota Motor Corporation,
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.,
Mitsubishi Corporation
With the cooperation of:
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
The Western Art Foundation

This exhibition is covered by the Japanese Act on the Indemnification of Damage to Works of Art in Exhibitions (Act No.17 of 2011)

Admission Fees:
Adults 1,600 yen, College students 1,200 yen, High school students 800 yen
Advance purchase/Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
Adults 1,400 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 600 yen
Advance purchase tickets will be on sale from Saturday 19 August to Friday 20 October 2017. At the museum ticket office, advance ticket will be available until Thursday 19 October 2017.
Full admission fees apply from Tuesday 21 October 2017.
Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
Free admission for High school students from Tuesday 2 January until Monday 8 January 2018.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Number of visitors:

In the latter half of the 19th century, Western artists were fascinated by the new expression they found in Japanese art, and this led to the phenomenon known as Japonisme. It was the genius ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) to whom they turned the most. Hokusai's influence spread across the entire West, including Monet, Degas and the other Impressionists, and can be found throughout myriad art forms, from paintings to prints, sculpture, posters and decorative arts.

This exhibition, organized in Japan and the first of its type worldwide, examines the development of modern Western art through the lens of Hokusai and Japonisme. Bringing together artworks from museums and private collections in Japan and worldwide, the exhibition will compare around 220 Western artworks, including those by Monet, Degas, Cézanne and Gauguin, with about 110 works by Hokusai (around 40 color woodblock prints and 70 woodblock-printed books).*

We hope that exhibition visitors will discover yet new intriguing aspects of how the West viewed and learned from Hokusai, all while enjoying Western art masterpieces born from the West’s encounter with this standard-bearer of a foreign culture.

* The final display list is still to be determined and displays will change during the course of the exhibition.

Lectures and Slide Talks will be also held at a museum. Please visit each page for detail.

Exhibition Checklist (PDF file, about 614KB)

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