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Japan supernatural

jpg Takashi Murakami Photo © Claire Dorn, courtesy of Murakami Studio (detail)

jpg Takashi Murakami 'Of Chinese Lions, Peonies, Skulls, And Fountains' 2011 (detail) Photo: courtesy of Murakami Studio

jpg Kawanabe Kyōsai 'School for spooks (Bakebake gakko) no 3' 1874 (detail)

jpg Hiroharu Itaya 'Night procession of one hundred demons' circa 1820 (detail)

jpg Hiroharu Itaya 'Night procession of one hundred demons' circa 1820 (detail)

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Be spirited away from the everyday by an exhibition like no other, featuring over 200 wildly imaginative works by Japanese artists past and present – from historical master Katsushika Hokusai to superstar Takashi Murakami.

Through masterworks from collections worldwide and the Gallery’s own rich holdings, Japan supernatural introduces an astonishing array of phenomenal beings from fiendish goblins through to mischievous shapeshifters. Come face to face with these mysterious creatures in an immersive environment featuring large-scale installations and classic Japanese cinema and animation, alongside miniature carvings, humorous paintings and the vibrant ukiyo-e woodblock prints that define the tradition of the supernatural in Japanese art.

Centred on a monumental installation of painting and sculpture by Takashi Murakami, the exhibition features some of the greatest Japanese artists of the past including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Kawanabe Kyosai, alongside contemporary artists Chiho Aoshima and Miwa Yanagi who update the tradition for our times.

Nov 2019 – Mar 2020

Charges apply
Tickets available closer to exhibition opening