British Museum Presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary and exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave. Filmed in Japan and the UK, the film focuses on the work, life and times of the celebrated Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).  

Introduced by Andrew Graham-Dixon and featuring Bradford’s very own David Hockney, plus Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling, this first UK biography and exhibition tour cinema event will be screened at Picturehouse at National Science and Media Museum, only on Sunday 4 June at 3.30pm.

The Great Wave, 100 Views of Mount Fuji and other Hokusai works changed modern art, inspiring European artists Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso. Hokusai is the only artist with his own emoji, the father of modern manga, and an inspiration to artists today. This documentary involves leading scholars who have devoted themselves to the study of Hokusai’s paintings and prints; they are now exploiting the potential of digital art history, using 8K video to look at prints and paintings in incredible detail. Building on years of accumulated knowledge, they reveal new interpretations of famous works, with a few surprises for the art world along the way.

The British Museum exhibition is the first in the UK to focus on the later years of the life and art of Hokusai. Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave, supported by Mitsubishi Corporation, will open at the British Museum on 25 May. This film and private view will introduce UK audiences to the breadth of Hokusai’s extraordinary achievement.

Book tickets via Picturehouse Cinemas

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