Hokusai Manga: Sketches of the Universe

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北斎漫画~森羅万象のスケッチ
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Ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai may have made his name with the 'Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji' landscape series, but his greatest achievement was arguably the 15-volume 'Hokusai Manga', an extensive compilation of sketches first printed in 1814. Nothing like modern-day Japanese comics, Hokusai's manga is a detailed, almost scientific look at subjects ranging from animals and plants to architecture and everyday scenes, and isn't connected by anything resembling a story – it's more like instruction book illustration meets high-level doodles. In addition to central parts of the titular work, this exhibition also features other picture books drawn by Hokusai, making for an extensive look at the less appreciated talents of Edo's art superstar.

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