Hokusai's Iconic Prints
Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA
First opened in 1961 and relocated to its current twenty-acre location four years later, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) currently stands as the largest museum in Western America. Made up of seven buildings that together house a vast collection, multiple exhibitions, public programmes and research facilities, it attracts nearly a million visitors each year, with this April marking the beginning of a 15-month long exhibit of works by the world-renowned Japanese print artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), of the country’s famed Edo (now Tokyo) period.
The exhibit will feature Hokusai’s most iconic colour woodblock prints, the Red Fuji and the Great Wave, which have arrived at LACMA courtesy of the late American art collector Max Palevsky, who donated the complete set of Hokusai’s eight prints, A Tour Of Waterfalls In The Provinces. Also on display are pages from his woodblock printed books as well as preparatory drawings, such as those on loan from the Barbara Bowman Collection, including a number of commissioned prints known as surimono, made with traditional carving techniques and created for special occasions such as competitions and the birth of a child. Open from April 13, 2013 until July 28, 2014.