The exhibition “Hokusai. Passages…” by NArchitekTURA

Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection of the National Museum in Krakow

Project Specs


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“北斋. 漫步”(Hokusai. Passages…)展览在波兰克拉科夫国家博物馆的画廊内举办,其设计试图营造一个集艺术、建筑和自然于一体的空间。

Arrangement of the exhibition “Hokusai. Passages…” is an attempt to create a space on the border of art, architecture and nature within museum galleries.

▼项目概览,Preview © Jakub Certowicz



The project was inspired by unique woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) as well as different motifs from Japanese tradition, culture and aesthetics reinterpreted using modern means of expression.

The layout of the exhibition follows the idea of hiding and gradually discovering the view (miegakure), bringing to mind historical temples, palaces, gardens and houses of ”the land of cherry blossoms”. Low walls made out of various materials separate individual interiors and suggest the itinerary of the visit, guiding guests to the subsequent groups of works of art.

Room I, “Views of Mount Fuji” © Jakub Certowicz


Also, smaller separating elements were designed individually. The wall with probably two of the most famous works by Hokusai (“The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and ”Fine Wind, Clear Morning”) stands on a specially selected boulder, which may suggest a reference to historical solutions in the shaping of Japanese gardens (keiseki stones) and architecture (soseki stones).

▼《神奈川冲浪里》,”The Great Wave off Kanagawa” © Jakub Certowicz

▼展墙细节,Exhibition wall

 © Jakub Certowicz

Room II “Ghosts and Apparitions” © Jakub Certowicz

▼绿色烧结玻璃构成的“假花园”,The camouflaged „garden” filled with pieces of turquoise sintered glass © Jakub Certowicz


The dark colors and discreet lighting of the exhibition are a nod to the book „In Praise of Shadows” by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki. All rooms are painted black, with the exception of one central room with waterfall representations – in this case a satin navy blue color taken from the works of Katsushika Hokusai was applied.

Room III,“Waterfalls” © Jakub Certowicz


One of the most important elements of the arrangement are four “gardens”, adjusted to the individual exhibition spaces. They are an attempt to introduce nature (so beautifully and synthetically presented by Hokusai) into museum interiors. Sometimes this “implementation” is literal, on other occasions indirect, but in both cases it allows for a wide range of interpretations and associations with the work of this Japanese artist.

▼展厅IV,长方形的空间内,涂以金银清漆的屏风呈对角线摆放 © Jakub Certowicz
Room IV,The rectangular interiors feature additional diagonal screens, painted with silver and gold varnish


The project is complemented with individually designed descriptions (inspired by noren fabric dividers), wooden seats of different heights or hand-painted calligraphic signs indicating the itinerary, and the exhibition begins and ends with an enlarged red stamp of the artist.

▼红色印章作为展览开端和末尾的提示 © Jakub Certowicz
The exhibition begins and ends with an enlarged red stamp of the artist

 © Bartosz Haduch

▼设计和展陈细节,Design elements and signatures © Bartosz Haduch

▼墙面纹理,Wall textures © Bartosz Haduch

▼平面图,Plan © NArchitekTURA

▼轴测分析图,Axon diagram © NArchitekTURA

The exhibition ”Hokusai. Passages…”
The Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow
Design: 2018-2021
Realization: 2021
Design: NArchitekTURA / Bartosz Haduch
Authors: Bartosz Haduch, Łukasz Marjański, Michał Haduch
Exhibition graphics: Studio Widok
Curator: Beata Romanowicz
Coordinators: Katarzyna Stolarz, Kamila Hyska, Alicja Głuszek
Contractor: Section for the implementation of exhibitions of the National Museum in Krakow
Contractor of carpentry elements: CNC Farm – Jan Żurek

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