Japanese art showcased at Derby Museum

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

The exhibition at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, entitled Japanese Ghosts and Demons, 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.

Alongside it Derby has put on an exhibition of Japanese watercolours and prints from its own collection which focus on the beauty of nature. Both exhibitions are on until January 26.