"Katsushika Hokusai and his circle. Masterpieces of Japanese Surimono - Hidden Beauty"

Muzeum Historii Katowic

Katowice, Poland : 18/12/2019 to 17/05/2020


First time in Poland, unique exhibition "Katsushika Hokusai and his circle. Masterpieces of Japanese Surimono - Hidden Beauty", is now in Muzeum Historii Katowic . The exhibition is open from 18/12/2019 to 17/05/2020 and is featuring 51 original graphic works of greatest masters of Japanese Surimono - Katsushika Hokusai, Totoya Hokkei, Kubo Shunman, Yashima Gakutei, Yanagawa Shigenobu. Ryûryûkyo Shinsai, Katsushika Hokuun, Matora Ōishi, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Toyohiro, Utagawa Kuninao. These works are very important part of art heritage of these masters and are in collections of biggest national museums an galleries in whole world.


After a number of detailed introductions to artists and their period, the exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections:

Exhibition "Katsushika Hokusai and his circle. Masterpieces of Japanese Surimono - Hidden Beauty" give possibility to meet original surimonos, see their apparent and hidden beauty as well original techniques which was used on their creation. Many techniques of embossing and associated visual illusions applied in surimono materials, presuppose an attentive and long, focused examination of both - the work as a whole and all its tiny nuances, each of which is symbolic and constantly complements the visual meaning, continuously enriching it. Surimono is Japan's unique contribution to world's culture and the exhibition demonstrates the versatility and unique beauty of the masterpieces that have survived to our days.

Surimono print is a marvelous world of beauty and luxury. Because privately commissioned, cost was no object and this shows in the wealth of techniques and materials that the artist, wood carvers and printers used to produce the Surimono prints. Leading artists such as Hokusai and other prestigious Ukiyo-e artists dedicated large portions of their work producing these refined Surimono prints.

Japanese Woodblock engravings owned by Arsène Alexandre

Japanese Art had a wide influence on many French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and had Influenced and Inspired in general European Impressionist Artists. Widely known as the first modern art movement, Impressionism remains one of the most popular and prevalent forms of art today. While much of the groundbreaking genre was impressively original, Impressionists, like most artists, found inspiration in other forms of art—namely, in Japanese woodblock prints. Arsène Alexandre had an interesting collection of Japanese art, and his friends - world-renowned impressionist painters, probably many times held in their hands the Japanese engravings presented at the exhibition and were inspired by them in their work. Try to look at them through their eyes.

TVP3 Katowice