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British Museum to display iconic 'Great Wave' woodcut print, for the first time in years, in its new exhibition running from May to August 2017.

One of the world's most recognisable artworks, which is so sensitive to light it can only be shown for a short period, is to be displayed at the British Museum for the first time in more than five years.

Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai's 1831 image, the Great Wave Off Kanagawa, is just one of a number of his works compiled for an exhibition exploring the later portion of his life. Hokusai is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will explore the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most memorable masterpieces.

Throughout the exhibition, outstanding examples of Hokusai’s work will show the artist’s creative breadth and depth. The exhibition will include prints, paintings and illustrated books, many of which are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these extraordinary works together.

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave
British Museum
25 May – 13 August 2017