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Hokusai, NGV International

“If heaven gives me ten more years, or an extension of even five years, I shall surely become a true artist.” 

– Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1849

Having spent his entire life-time in poverty, Hokusai’s artwork ended up inspiring so many great artist including Van Gogh, whose artworks were also largely unknown until his death. The timing of this exhibition by NGV International was almost too perfect as Hokusai’s followed Van Gogh’s. The current exhibition contained 176 pieces of Hokusai’s works from NGV’s own collection and the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto. Beside Hokusai’s greatest work, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1830-34), this exhibition features Hokusai’s early to mature works, as well as various works with the following themes, Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji, Waterfalls in Various Provinces, Remarkable views of bridges, One hundrer ghost stories, Snow Moon and Flowers, A true mirror of Chinese and Japanese Poetry, Eight view of the Ryukyu islands, Birds and flowers, One hundred poems explained by the nurse, Hokusai Manga, One hundred views of Mt Fuji and The life of Shakyamuni (NGV, 2017).

The above painting of Thunderstorm beneath the summit c.1830-34, has to be on of my favourite out of Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji series. The reds are vibrant and such a contrast to the clear sky above.

Photographs can never do justice to the vivid colours Hokusai painted on his wooden blocks. The exhibition were curated according to the different themes set, which helps the exhibition’s flow for visitors. The best time to go to this extremely popular exhibition will be early morning on weekdays. Keep in mind, once it gets busy there are not a lot of room to move or enjoy the works, as the room was divided in a tunnel like maze, which seemed to be NGV’s current mood in terms of exhibition lay out. Perhaps inpired by many European galleries, however I personally feel it to be such disadvantage for art lovers who prefers to roam and wander, as suppose to being lead through. Since The Great Wave is perhaps what every visitors come to see, there were plenty of space given for visitors to roam there. It was a wonderful exhibition to visit and just admire, however considering the smaller roaming space in comparison to the amount of visitors coming in, did made the exhibition less enjoyable. Regardless, worth the visit…

-love K.

Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne

Justin Art House Museum

3 Lumley Court, Prahran, Victoria, Australia



Imagine waking up one day from your sleep and you decide to open your house to the public as a museum for arts. Well… that’s exactly what Charles and Leah Justin did, with the creation of Justin Art House Museum (JAHM). Few days ago, I had the pleasure of exploring and sharing their passion and dream for arts with a visit to JAHM.

(Images above: Two of my personal favourites currently on display)

The physical building of JAHM is breathtaking when you first saw it, perhaps it was so unexpected to see such modern architecture in between the traditional Victorian houses. But what a wonderful juxtaposition of architecture and how appropriate for what the museum’s trying to represent.

(Image: Charles Justin explaining one of the art work)

The best thing about the tour is when Charles and Leah Justin talked about their collections. Their passions for what they do shines through every words and that’s what draws you into their world. As a visitor, you are entering the private sanctuary of two art enthusiasts and they’re enabling you to see how artworks’ displayed in real home. The art works displayed, both in the main gallery and their private apartment, are conversation starters. These conversations are encouraged by the Justins, which is refreshing for visitors. Like Leah said, “No right or wrong answers, but Charles preferred some answers more than others.”

Sorry for the lack of photographs but there are so much to take in, that I didn’t want to spoil the fun with snapping pictures. If you happened to be in Melbourne, Australia, I encouraged you to make your way to JAHM, it is well worth the trip. Make sure you check out their website for exhibitions and opening hours. Both Charles and Leah Justin run every visit themselves, therefore it is important to see the hours.

– K.

Degas: A New Vision at the NGV, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria have been putting such amazing exhibitions these past few years. And their latest one is no exception, here are a sneak peek into Degas: A New Vision,

NGV is my personal getaway, I like to go in as often as I could. Rainy Melbourne’s winter days are perfect excuses for a visit. This particular rainy Sunday, I feel especially excited to be surrounded by so much beautiful artworks from one of the best. I have admit, I was like a kid in a candy store upon seeing the bronze statue of the little ballet dancer. 

Don’t forget to pick up some souvenir or two from the gift shop.

-love Karina.

Culture// Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei. National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne

 National Gallery Victoria

Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei

December  – 24 April, 2016


If you do one thing while in Melbourne, between now and April, go and see this exhibition. Two different artists, from different cultural backgrounds, drawing very similar inspirations and an all too relevant point of views.  And my favourite…
Edie Sedgwick test video, love! Such a fascinating character and I love her style. The exhibition is engaging and eye opening, a definite must go for me. 

-love Karina.