Tsukioka Yoshitoshi – Blood and the Bewitching

Ota Memorial Museum of Art

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Ends in 13 days
Closed Today (Monday)

Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892) was an ukiyo-e artist who was active from the end of the Edo period to the early Meiji Era. Although he became very popular back then, his dynamic composition and sharp brushwork are absolutely timeless to even our eyes today. This exhibition will dig deep into the allure of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi with three ominous keywords: “blood,” “bewitching” and “darkness.” About 150 works will be on display in total, and we will swap out all the works between the first and second terms.

Tsukioka had worked on the genre commonly called chimidoro-e (“bloody pictures”), depicting cruel scenes of killings and dead bodies. His ominous expression of sensationally depicting splattered blood is known to have attracted literary figures such as Edogawa Ranpo and Mishima Yukio, who were active during the Taishō and Shōwa Eras. In addition to all 14 pieces of his representative work “Twenty-eight Famous Murders with Verse”, this show will introduce other cruel works drawn by Tsukioka, such as “Tales of the Floating World” and “Yoshitoshi’s Selection of One Hundred Warriors”.

Tsukiokai’s bijin-ga feature not only women who are simply beautiful in appearance, but also have inner charm with a faintly mysterious atmosphere. Furthermore, his works set at night are full of a tense air and the uncanny presence of specters and ghosts. This exhibition will introduce the eerie allure of Yoshitoshi through various works, such as his representative series of bijin-ga “Thirty-two Aspects of Women” and “One Hundred Views of the Moon”, which depict the history of and stories about the moon, as well as the “One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan” and “New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts” series based on specters.

[1st Term] August 1st-30th 
[2nd Term] September 4th-October 4th
※Works change between two terms.



from August 01, 2020 to October 04, 2020
Closed from September 1 to 3.



Venue Hours

From 10:30 To 17:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Address: 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Phone: 03-3403-0880 Fax: 03-3470-5994

1 minute walk from exit 5 at Meijijingu-mae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines, 3 minute walk from the Omotesando exit of Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote line.

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