Dreams of Mount Fuji: Masterpieces of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Japanese Print Collection

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    Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). 'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki namiura).' From the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjū Rokkei). Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), c. 1830–1832. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Gift of Jame

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    Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). 'Mount Fuji in Clear Weather, or Red Fuji (Gaifū kaisei).' From the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjū Rokkei). Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), c. 1830–1832. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Gift of

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    Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). 'Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit (Sanka haku’u).' From the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjū Rokkei). Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), c. 1830-1832. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Gift of James A.

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January 14, 2015 - March 22, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art


Exhibition Overview

According to popular belief, a dream of Mount Fuji on New Year’s Eve assures a year of prosperity and happiness. Not surprisingly, Japan’s highest mountain is one of the most iconic subjects of East Asian landscape art. In particular, the woodblock print designer Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) founded his artistic reputation upon depictions of the volcano. 

Dreams of Mount Fuji showcases 200 years of woodblock prints, paintings, and sculptures by more than 20 artists. Among them are three of the most famous Japanese woodblock prints ever created: The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa, Red Fuji, and Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit, all from Hokusai’s legendary series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (1826–1833). While the other works in the rotation will be up for the entire exhibition, for conservation purposes, these three important prints by Hokusai will be displayed one at a time, according to this schedule: 

January 14–February 8: The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa

February 10–March 1: Red Fuji

March 3–March 22: Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit