From August 26th the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin is hosting a retrospective of the work of the Japanese Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.
And on August 31st the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts invites interested visitors to a demonstration of the technique – and an insight into Hokusai’s work – when the Japanese artist Chiharu Kawai demonstrates the printing of the classic “The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa” from Hokusai’s series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”
One of the earliest forms of mass-market art Ukiyo-e is a Japanese form of woodblock printing that relies on the collaboration between three artisans: an artist who makes the initial sketch on paper; the wood carver who recreates the artists work in wood; and a printer who then reproduces the original sketch as a print.
The result is a wonderful, almost surreal, comic like image whose tradition can still be seen in many Mangas and other contemporary Japanese printed art.
Katsushika Hokusai is one of the best known exponents of the art and at the end of the 18th/start of the 19th centuries he produced numerous important works including his series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” which was created in the 1820s and was arguably one of the first blockbusters.
The demonstration by Chiharu Kawai from the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints in Tokyo is included in the normal museum entry price.
“The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai
Grassi Museum for Applied Arts
Wednesday 31.08 @ 4:30 pm