The Sumida Hokusai Museum
Open on 22 novembre 2016
Hokusai Katsushika (1760 – 1849) is one of the greatest Ukiyo-e artists who produced a number of masterpieces, continuing to inspire many people around the world today. He was born during the Edo period in the present City of Sumida (one of the 23 special administrative districts in today’s Tokyo). Hokusai spent there most of his lifetime of over 90 years.
In this historical place, at Midorimachi Park located 400 meters east of Ryogoku Station (Toei Subway “Oedo Line”) precisely, an art museum dedicated to Hokusai has been opened. There, during the Edo period, used to be a daimyo (feudal lord) mansion belonging to the Tsugaru family from the Hirosaki Domain. The Ukiyo-e master is said to have painted horses on the screens (“byobu”) inside the house at the lord’s request.
The museum collection consists of Hokusai’s works of excellent quality collected by Sumida City, the collection of the late Peter Morse, one of the world’s major collectors of Hokusai, as well as the opus and valuable documents collected by the late Muneji Narazaki, an art historian and one of the top Ukiyo-e scholars.
Hokusai Katsushika “Hawk and Cherry Blossom”, The Sumida Hokusai Museum
Get ready for the “Return of Hokusai”, the museum’s opening exhibition to be held from 22 November 2016 to 15 January 2017. More special exhibition will follow.
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