Exhibition

The Art of Hokusai

This exhibition featured 75 of Hokusai’s finest prints and printed books and gives a fascinating insight into the extraordinary breadth of Hokusai’s work in the field of woodblock print design.

The woodblock print designer Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1848) is one of Japan’s most celebrated artists. During a hugely productive artistic career that spanned seventy years, he created an astonishing range of works, including prints of beautiful women, landscapes, flowers and animals, as well as illustrated books and artists’ manuals. Highly successful in Japan during his lifetime, he was also the first Japanese artist to become popular in the West in the late nineteenth century, where striking designs like ‘The Great Wave’ made an enormous impact on European artists such as Manet, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec.

This exhibition features 75 of Hokusai’s finest prints and printed books, acquired by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty in the 1950s after his move to Dublin, and gives a fascinating insight into the extraordinary breadth of Hokusai’s work in the field of woodblock print design. Highlights include a selection of his famous views of Mount Fuji and rare examples of the exquisite, privately published prints known as surimono.

Closed today

Tuesday to Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday 11am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm


Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb

Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec & Monday Public Holidays.

Admission is free
Suggested donation €5

Map

Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92