Lego pieces from the Great Wave off Kanagawa were exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Lego pieces from the Great Wave off Kanagawa were exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

At the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the United States, a Lego work of ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai‘s representative work “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” was exhibited. The author is Junpei Mitsui, Japan’s only LEGO certified professional builder.

On March 8, 2023, he posted the following on Twitter (now X):

One day, I got an email out of the blue from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA,

What a surprise, my LEGO piece will be exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

It will be on display at the Hokusai Exhibition, which opens on March 26. It will be displayed with real Ukiyo-e as contemporary art.

Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence features more than 300 works by Hokusai and other artists who were influenced by him, including her daughter Katsushika Ōi, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Junpei Mitsui is the first Japanese person to become a LEGO Certified Pro Builder. LEGO Certified Professional Builder is a title recognized by LEGO as “the person with the world’s highest level of LEGO brick building ability,” and there are currently only 22 such people in the world. Mr. Mitsui was selected as a Pro Builder in 2011 after winning second place in the “King of LEGO Bricks Championship” on the TV program “TV Champion” in 2005, which led him to create various LEGO creations. Mr. Mitsui graduated from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tokyo and joined Nippon Steel Corporation before leaving the company in 2015 to found Mitsui Brick Studio. Mr. Mitsui creates elaborate reproductions and original works using only basic blocks, and his famous works include the Battleship Yamato and the Yasuda Auditorium (University of Tokyo).

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