176 of the Japanese master painter and printmaker's works will grace the halls of the art museum, including seven of Hokusai's major series that will be on display in Australia for the first time.
The artworks that will be in Australia for the first time include: Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji, 1830–34; A Tour to the Waterfalls in Various Provinces, c. 1832; Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces, c. 1834; Eight Views of the Ryūkyū Islands; and One Hundred Ghost Stories, c. 1831.
Poem by Teishin Kō (1835-1836) (Teishin Kō 貞倍公) from the One hundred poems explained by the nurse (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki 百人一首宇波か縁説) series colour woodblock
The exhibition will also include a selection of rare prints and paintings from Hokusai's formative years and books showing examples of his book illustrations, including the complete set of fifteen volumes of Hokusai Manga.
The exhibition aims to provide comprehensive insight into the life and times of Hokusai, who was only globally recognised for his talent after his death. Living in poverty, he found inspiration in nature and ordinary people.
The artworks on display in the exhibition reflect this as well as his passion for the classical subjects of birds and flowers, and historical poetry.
One of Hokusai's kachō-e (pictures of birds and flowers)
Voluntary Guide tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1.30pm; and an Auslan Tour of the exhibition led by artist, Luke King can be joined on 12 August at 1pm. Booking is not required but exhibition fees do apply.
Or you can slowly wander through this fascinating exhibition on your own at your own pace every day from 21 July 2017 until 15 October 2017 from 10am until 5pm.