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THE SUMIDA HOKUSAI MUSEUM "Hokusai ― The Teacher-Student Showdown!"

THE SUMIDA HOKUSAI MUSEUM "Hokusai ― The Teacher-Student Showdown!"

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Notice of temporary closure
The Sumida Hokusai Museum will be temporary closed from February 29 (Sat) to March 16 (Mon) to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus.

* Library and Museum shop will also be closed.
* New reservations will not be accepted for the MARUGEN 100 (Lecture Room) while the museum is closed.
* The closing period may be changed without advance notice in Coronavirus situation.

We will inform you of the opening schedule on the Sumida Hokusai Museum website.

≪Exhibition schedule change≫

■Special Exhibition "Hokusai Teacher and Brother Showdown!"
 No change in end date.

■Permanent exhibition Plus " "A Long-Lost Picture Scroll (Reproduction) and Hokusai Manga"
 No change in end date.

≪Event schedule change≫

■5 minutes workshop "Hokusai Master Brother Showdown! Let's draw as a disciple"
 Ends on Saturday, February 28.

■Tsuzuri Project High-definition Reproduction "Fuji Rural View" Special Exhibition
 Ends on Saturday, February 28.

■"Poland and Japan" Introduction Panel Display
 No change in end date.

* The closing period may be changed without advance notice in Coronavirus situation.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.


Hokusai ― The Teacher-Student Showdown!

We are delighted to present Hokusai—The Teacher-Student Showdown!
Hokusai is a big name, of course, famed as the iconic Edo-period ukiyo-e artist. Less well known, however, is that he had some 200 students and students of students. Iijima Kyoshin (1841-1901), a pioneering ukiyo-e researcher, stated in his Biography of Katsushika Hokusai (Hōsūkaku, 1893), “Old Man Hokusai had many students, but he himself did not like teaching. If someone wanted to be his student, Hokusai would get out model drawings, which he had created and had woodblock printed, and have the student draw one of them. Then he would point out the shortcomings in the drawing. That was all he did as a teacher, but his pupils included many who became acclaimed artists.” Hokusai does not seem to have been the type to coach his students in great detail, but he did draw out their abilities and train many masterly artists.
This exhibition presents a selection from the collection to pair works in which Hokusai and his pupils depicted the same theme. Comparing them, we can explore each artist’s style and influences on them. Works by Hokusai and his students are categorized by theme into the four sections of the exhibition: the Human Figure, Landscapes, Animals, and Miscellany. In each, visitors can compare works by Hokusai and his students. This exhibition does more than present Hokusai’s genius. It encourages us to think about these students, searching for their own painting styles in the presence of that great master, and introduces fascinating works by his students that until now had been in his shadow.

4 February - 5 April 2020
1 Term:[Tue] 4 February – [Sun] 8 March
2 Term:[Tue] 10 March – [Sun] 5 April
Every Monday
The following day if it is a national holiday. Open: Mon 24 Feb Closed: Tue 25 Feb
9:30-17:30(last admission 17:00)

*Junior high, high school, and university students (including technical college, vocational school, and special training college students) will be requested to show student ID.
*Adults 65 and over will be requested to show a document verifying age.
*Persons with a certificate such as the following plus one accompanying person are admitted discount of charge: physical disability, intellectual disability, rehabilitation, mentally handicapped health and welfare, atomic bomb victim health notebook, etc. (Please show your certificate at time of admission.)
*Use of these tickets is limited to the day on which the exhibition is visited and allow you to see all exhibition room including AURORA (Permanent exhibition room), too. You can buy tickets at booths of Ticket Today.

2020.2.4. (Tue) 〜2020.4.5. (Sun)
Sales period
Until Apr.5 4 pm
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[List price]
→一般のみ20% off
*Due to popular demand, ticket availability may vary per show/event.We apologize for any inconvenience.