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Talk: Reproducing Hokusai’s Masterpieces
Where are the boundaries between the digital and the real? What do we lose and what do we gain when we reproduce artworks from the past using new technology? Discover how museum experts and Japanese master artisans are recreating artworks by Katsushika Hokusai, and explore the enduring legacy of the artist’s work.

The Freer Gallery of Art is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Hokusai, but according to the museum founder’s bequest, none of the artworks can leave the museum. Until now, the only way to view many of Hokusai’s great works has been to visit the Freer Gallery in person. But in 2019, the Kyoto Culture Association, in collaboration with the photography and imaging company Canon, created thirteen high-resolution facsimiles of works by Hokusai in the Freer collection for a special exhibition in Japan, where these images were displayed alongside original works by the artist. Join curator Frank Feltens in conversation with Japanese heritage expert Kenshi Ohkubo to explore how advanced technology is revolutionizing the arts and is creating cultural experiences that would otherwise be impossible.

Oct 28, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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