Last Saturday (20th May) the British Museum held a preview of Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave, an exhibition of the works of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Best known for his The Great Wave Off Kanagawa (1832), the exhibition also featured such works as Hibiscus And Sparrow (1830), Bullfinch And Weeping Cherry Blossom (1835) and Two Beauties (1900).
Naturally, the British Museum didn’t want people like this reporter there to sour the atmosphere, so the hapless hack tried to track down any Millman Street Community Centre members who had attended, but couldn’t find any to interview.
However, our Older Peoples Services Manager, Andrew, went along and also supplied some pictures. Not of the Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave exhibition, as the BM takes a dim view of photographs of its displays being taken. Instead, there are snaps of Lena holding a flyer for the exhibition, and some of Andrew and volunteer Joss – HCA’s own Two Beauties – the former resplendent in a Cramps T-shirt:
Asked if Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave had been soundtracked by The Vapors’ Turning Japanese or Life In Tokyo by the futurist band, er, Japan, Andrew immediately sensed where this was going and headed off such cliches. There was, he said, pastoral music in a Japanese style to accompany the tour round Hokusai’s paintings.
Lena said that the exhibition was “Very inspiring”, and Andrew added that it was “Very beautiful. It made me feel at one with nature.”
Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave runs at the British Museum from May 25th to August 13th (closed between June 3rd and 6th). It costs £12 (free to members).
Photos by Andrew and Joss; report: Notes Smudger