This exhibition showcases a cross section of the collection of Dutch collector Felix Tikotin (1893-1986) from the Tikotin museum that shares his name in Haifa. There are over one hundred artworks featuring ghosts and spirits including paintings, prints and miniature sculptures (netsuke). Ghosts and spirits were the subject of Tikotin’s first ever exhibition in his Berlin gallery in 1927.
The objects displayed in the exhibition date mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition includes work by the world famous Japanese print artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and Katsuhika Hokusai (1760-1849), refined 18th century paintings, ink drawings on paper and phenomenal hand carved ivory, horns and netsuke. Both the (scroll) prints and the wood carvings feature spirits, monsters and demons from Japanese folklore and superstition all with particularly expressive expressions that carry with them an atmosphere of fear, strength, wit and mysticism.