18 May—8 September 2019

Masters of Japanese Prints: Nature and seasons

This is the third and final exhibition in our Masters of Japanese Prints series and will feature the iconic Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has a collection of some 500 ‘floating world pictures’ (ukiyo-e) which celebrate the pleasures of life in Japan. Our collection ranks in the top five regional UK collections.

Much of our collection was acquired from the 1940s to the 1960s under the arts curator, and later the director, Hans Schubart, who had a world view of art.

His vision was for Bristol’s collection to stand on the world stage and he felt that it was essential to have examples of Japanese woodblock prints. He admired “their great subtleties of colour, delicacy of line and elegance of composition.”

The exhibitions have been made possible thanks to a fundraising campaign that raised almost £21,000 towards the conservation and display of the works.

Generous contributions from individual donors and the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery have enabled the prints to be remounted and stored to prevent the light sensitive inks from fading.

Previous exhibitions in our Masters of Japanese Prints series:

Masters of Japanese prints: Hokusai and Hiroshige landscapes
22 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

Masters of Japanese prints: Life in the city
12 January – 12 May 2019


Bristol Museum & Art Gallery would like to thank exhibition sponsors Inside Japan – the Japan travel experts.

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