The Tsuzuri Project: The Art of Hokusai, reproduced from the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

The Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, renowned for its superb collection of Japanese Art, has remained unknown among many people here in Japan due to the museum policy of not lending its holdings to outside institutions.
Hereupon, in cooperation with the Freer Gallery of Art, the Tsuzuri project, organized by Kyoto Culture Association and Canon, reproduced 13 paintings selected from the Freer’s collection of Hokusai paintings, which is the world’s finest and largest of its kind. This time the Sumida Hokusai Museum will hold an exhibition focusing on those high-resolution facsimiles, together with about 130 related works out of their own collection. The exhibition juxtaposes facsimiles, created using the most advanced digital techniques, and actual works by Hokusai. By offering an opportunity to study the Six Tama Rivers, a pair of six-fold screens, and comparisons of Hokusai’s styles of rendering waves in his painting Breaking Waves and a woodblock print Under the Wave off Kanagawa, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, this exhibition will unveil the essence of Hokusai’s art.


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  • Venue

    2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
  • Admission

    Adults 1,000yen(800yen)
    College and High school students 700yen(560yen)
    Senior(65 and over) 700yen(560yen)
    Junior high school students 300yen(240yen)
    Disabled peoples 300yen(240yen)

    *Students in elementary school and younger Free
    *( ) refer to group discount tickets(20 or more people)
    *Group discount tickets: more than 20 persons

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  • Closed days

    Mondays (except July 15 and August 12), July 16 and August 13

  • Opening hours

    09:30〜17:30 *Last entry 30 minutes before closing
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