The museum is hosting a touring exhibition from the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, exploring the bizarre and beguiling world of the Japanese supernatural.
Giant spiders, dancing skeletons, winged goblins and hordes of ghostly warriors are among the spooky subjects depicted in this display of striking nineteenth-century woodblock prints, drawn from the Ashmolean Museum’s rich collection of Japanese art. The exhibition is timed to coincide with Halloween, although in Japan ghosts are associated with the hot and humid summer months, when scary stories send a welcome shiver down the spine!
Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Woodblock prints from the Ashmolean
Museum presents 16 colourful ukiyo-e prints, including a number of
dramatic multiple sheet images that have rarely been on public display
before. It focuses on works by the celebrated print designers Utagawa
Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), two
of the most prolific and successful artists of their day. The subjects
depicted range from household objects that come to life to animals
with supernatural powers, mischievous demons and the vengeful
spirits of cruelly-wronged women such as the tragic Oiwa, who
suffered an agonizing death after being poisoned by her husband and
whose restless spirit returned to torment her murderer.
|Tue 27 Sep - Tue 20 Dec 2016||10:00 to 17:00|
Normal admission charges apply: Adult £5.00 Family £10.00
Child £2. (under 5's free)
- Children welcome