A storm wave rising up threatens to engulf three slender fishing skiffs battling the turbulent sea below. Mount Fuji in the distance.

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave – new exhibition at the British Museum

A new exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave opens this week at the British Museum. Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is regarded as one of Japan’s most influential artists. Remarkable prints, paintings and illustrated books he created in the last 30 years of his life will be displayed together for the first time.

A storm wave rising up threatens to engulf three slender fishing skiffs battling the turbulent sea below. Mount Fuji in the distance.
Simplified drawing based on Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave, off Kanagawa (‘The Great Wave’) (1831). A storm wave rising up threatens to engulf three slender fishing skiffs battling the turbulent sea below. Mount Fuji in the distance.

VocalEyes have produced a recorded audio descriptive introduction to the exhibition, which is available on the British Museum website and at the base of this page. This includes directions for reaching the exhibition and descriptions of two woodblock prints including Hokusai’s masterpiece The Great Wave.

To support blind and partially sighted visitors, VocalEyes have created large print descriptive guides and tactile drawings with braille for ten highlight artworks. Both volumes are available for use within the exhibition.

A close up view of sacred Mount Fuji glowing in the rising sun.
Simplified drawing, based on Katsushika Hokusai, Clear Day with a Southern Breeze (‘Pink Fuji’) (1831). A close up view of sacred Mount Fuji glowing in the rising sun.

A live audio-described tour of the exhibition, including a handling session, will take place on Saturday 22 July 16.00 – 18.15. Led by VocalEyes audio describer Lonny Evans, and the exhibition curator, this event costs £10.00, with free entry for a companion. To book for the tour, email the access manager.

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave runs from 25 May – 13 August 2017.

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