29 September - 27 February 2011. Designed to coincide with Hallowe'en, the Ashmolean presents an exhibition of 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints from its own collection, focusing on the work of renowned artists Kuniyoshi and Yoshitoshi.
The subject matter is not for the arachnophobic as giant spiders feature prominently, as well as ghostly warriors, dancing skeletons and winged goblins. In 1850 the 11 year-old Yoshitoshi was apprenticed to Kuniyoshi, who at that stage was already one of the great masters of Japanese woodblock print.
Although not seen as Kuniyoshi's successor during his lifetime, Yoshitoshi is now recognised as Kuniyoshi's most important pupil.
Mon-Sat. 10.30-17.00. Sun. 14.00-17.00