Art & Design

Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Woodblock Prints from the Ashmolean Museum

20 September 2019 - 26 January 2020

Monday Closed, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, the Strand, Derby DE1 1BS

01332 641901

Detail of The Spirit of Oiwa by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, colour woodblock print, 1847-8 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford



Giant spiders, dancing skeletons, winged goblins and hordes of ghostly warriors are among the subjects depicted in this display of striking 19th century woodblock prints, drawn from the Ashmolean Museum’s rich collection of Japanese art.

The exhibition includes 24 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.

This touring exhibition has been organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.