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