Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing 30th Anniversary Exhibition “Understanding the Global Recognition and Appeal of Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ through Numbers”

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Adachi Foundation, we will be holding a special exhibition focusing on Katsushika Hokusai’s masterpiece “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” which is also featured on the new 1,000 yen bill to be issued on July 3, 2024.

In this exhibition, we will spotlight various “numbers” related to “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” such as the number of pieces held by museums domestically and internationally, and auction prices. This will help us delve into the global recognition of this work and its background. Additionally, from the perspective of the Japanese traditional woodcut printmaker, we will highlight the exceptional points of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and the charm of ukiyo-e.

Furthermore, to ensure that this exhibition can be enjoyed by both adults and children, we have planned a variety of events. We sincerely look forward to your visit.
 
 

The Birth of “The Great Wave”

We will explore the evolution of Hokusai’s depiction of “waves” leading up to the creation of the masterpiece “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and trace Hokusai’s career through reproductions. Additionally, we will show the craftsmanship that faithfully reproduces Hokusai’s brushwork by displaying the production process and tools used to produce “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.”
 

 
 

Focus on Color and Composition! Western Art and Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e made a significant influence on Western artists such as Monet and Van Gogh. However, it was also Western art that helped develop the expressions found in ukiyo-e. This exhibit explores how ukiyo-e and Western art mutually influenced and evolved with each other. We will analyze these influences through the lens of color and composition, accompanied by vibrant reprints of ukiyo-e prints.
 

 
 

Events

All events require reservation via lottery / Admission is free.
For details and how to apply for each event, please see here.

All of these events will be conducted in only Japanese.
Details of Special Events:https://foundation.adachi-hanga.com/information_namiura_event2024/


 
 

Summer Vacation Special Event ①
“‘Katsushika Hokusai Hakase’ and Summer Project: Let’s Talk Together! Isn’t Hokusai Amazing!?”

Instructor: Mr. Ryuichiro Meguro, also known as “Katsushika Hokusai Hakase-chan”
Date: July 20, 2024 (Saturday) from 2:00 PM
Capacity: 15 pairs (30 individuals, Elementary 4th grade and above, accompanied by parents or guardians)

 
 

Summer Vacation Special Event ②
Ukiyo-e Printing Demonstration & Hands-on Experience

Date: August 3, 2024 (Saturday)
① 10:30 AM – (For parents and children)
② 2:00 PM – (For the general public)
Capacity:
① 15 pairs (Elementary school students and above, accompanied by parents or guardians)
② 30 attendees

 
 

 
 

Special Speaker Program
“Ukiyo-e and Auctions: ‘Ukiyo-e in the World – Centered around Hokusai -‘”

Guest Speaker: Mr. Katsura Yamaguchi, President and CEO of Christie’s Japan Co., Ltd and the Director of The Adachi Foundation
Date: August 10, 2024 (Saturday) from 2:00 PM
Capacity: 40 attendees (18 years and older)

 
 

Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing 30th Anniversary Exhibition
“Understanding the Global Recognition and Appeal of Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ through Numbers”

Exhibition Period: June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) – August 24, 2024 (Saturday)
【Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Public Holidays.】
*Closed for the Obon holiday from August 11 (Sunday) to August 15 (Thursday).
Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM 
Saturdays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission:Free
Place:Adachi Tokyo Showroom (About 10 minutes walk from JR Mejiro St.)
3-13-17 Shimo-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 161-0033
TEL:03-3951-1267/FAX:03-3951-2137