Hokusai at the British Museum Review

Photo from the film Hokusai at the British Museum.

Title: Hokusai at the British Museum
Genre: Documentary

Nexo Digital is a production company that has focused on bringing to audiences alternative content, regarding art forms that are not related to the cinematic realm but are shared on the silver screen. For the museum cycle, Next Digital presents “Hokusai at the British Museum,” the beautiful exhibition that celebrates the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.

Hartwig Fisher, Director of the British Museum, welcomes audiences to explore the extraordinary exhibition in London’s public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture, presented by art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and artists Grayson Perry, Kate Malone, Maggi Hambling.

The film leads us through nature’s elemental force, seen by the artist who revolutionized the Western art world enchanting Impressionists such as Van Gogh. His painting, ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa,’ is the epitome of the grandeur of Mother Nature inhabited by the Divine, imbrued with a gentle touch of humanity. His ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ truly evoke “a passage to heaven with the milky way,” as defined in the documentary, “in the dark pool of the cosmos.”

The sense of the essentiality within the environmental setting of these poetic depictions, introduces the public to the birth of the ukiyo-e style, meaning the “pictures of the floating world.” In this exquisite documentary, the outstanding dedication of Katsushika Hokusai to his art is evocatively explored through the artist’s multiple facets.

Technical: B
Story: B
Overall: B
Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Categories: REVIEWS
Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi is a storyteller, who speaks and writes fluently in English, Italian, French and Spanish. She is member of the Italian Association of Journalists and of the Foreign Press in New York City. She studied in a British school in Milan, from nursery to high school, after which she graduated in Political Sciences, got a Masters in screen-writing and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles.