Japan Supernatural

Traversing 300 years of creative practice, from ancient production to contemporary art stars, the Art Gallery of New South Wales presents ‘Japan Supernatural’ an exhibition comprised of 180 imaginative artworks that visualise the unseen; magical animals, fiendish imps, legendary monsters and ethereal spirits.

Not only are we invited to view this other realm across time but, the artists are masters of a variety of approaches including paintings, large-scale installations, miniature carvings, humorous illustrations and ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Iga no Tsubone and the ghost of Fujiwara Nakanari, from the series ‘One hundred ghost stories from Japan and China (Wakan hyaku monogatari)’ 1865, woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, 36 x 24.5cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection. Photograph: © 2019 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Miwa Yanagi, Rapunzel, 2004, gelatin silver print, 100 x 100cm; 138.1 x 138.1 x 7cm overall. Private collection. Courtesy Loock Gallery, Berlin

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Until 8 March 2020
Sydney