You might not know Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai by name, but you know his work.

His iconic woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, is one of the most recognisable pieces of art in the world. It and more than 150 other pieces – some of which have never before been exhibited in Australia – are coming to the NGV for Hokusai this July.

“Katsushika Hokusai is considered one of Japan’s greatest and enduringly popular artists,” says NGV director Tony Ellwood. “His moving and dramatic compositions, including The Great Wave, show the coexistence between humanity and the awesome power of nature, a relationship that is as relevant today as it was in the 19th century.”

This show will include woodblock prints, paintings on silk and his iconic manga drawings.

All five of Hokusai’s woodblock print series will be displayed, including Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji (1830–34), which features the iconic wave print. The great wave is rarely displayed these days because of its fragility and sensitivity to light.

Fifteen editions of The Hokusai Manga, a collection of illustrated books filled with Hokusai’s sketches, will also be on show.

Hokusai runs from July 21 to October 15 at NGV International. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased here.

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