Hokusai in the world, then and now
26 July 2017

Angus Lockyer discusses the impact on modern art of Katsushika Hokusai – an artist whose work effortlessly moved between seen and unseen worlds.

Not fade away: preventive conservation on Hokusai prints
15 June 2017

Japanese woodblock prints in the 18th and 19th centuries were often produced using inks which can fade dramatically when exposed to light. Scientist Capucine Korenberg explains how she investigated the risks of displaying some of Hokusai’s most iconic prints.

The technique of making a good impression
10 June 2017

Traditional Japanese woodblock prints are renowned for their exquisite detail and colour. Curator Alfred Haft reveals how the skilled block cutter and printer helped to create these beautiful works of popular art.

Working at the Hirayama Studio
24 May 2017

Did you know that the Museum has a conservation studio just for East Asian paintings? The Hirayama Studio opened in 1994 and continues to use traditional techniques to preserve, protect and display these amazing works. Here, student Matthias Sotiras writes about his five months spent in this unique work environment.

Joining the Hirayama Studio
31 January 2017

Kyoko Kusunoki joined the Hirayama Studio last year as Conservator of Japanese Paintings. In this blog Kyoko discusses some of the projects she has been working on, including preparing for the exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave.

Everything you need to know about Chinese New Year
28 January 2017

Happy Chinese New Year 2017! Today millions of people across the world are preparing to gather with family, get out the firecrackers and celebrate the Spring Festival. Here’s a handy guide to the most anticipated event in the Chinese calendar – from the origins of the Chinese zodiac to the traditions and the superstitions surrounding the celebrations. May the Year of the Rooster be prosperous and happy for you – Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Chinese scroll mounting at Chinese New Year
26 January 2017

As the year of the rooster approaches, the Chinese scroll mounters in the Hirayama Studio have plenty to crow about…

New exhibition announced – Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave
10 January 2017

The new special exhibition for 2017, Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave (25 May – 13 August 2017), explores the work of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist.

Bringing a Ming painting back to life
8 December 2014

Carole Weiss and Jin Xian Qiu reveal the work that took place behind the scenes in the Hirayama Studio to prepare a Ming dynasty silk painting by artist Zhu Bang to go on display. 

A conservator says goodbye to China
5 January 2012

Valentina Marabini has just returned from a year in China, spent studying with the conservators at the Shanghai Museum