10 Apr 2018 15 Jul 2018

Ghosts and Hells

The underworld in Asian art

The exhibition focuses its attention on Asian ghost stories, delving into the world of spirits, terror and fantastic creatures as it takes visitors on a journey to the edges of reality, through religious art, theatre, cinema, contemporary design and manga.

About the exhibition

From Buddhist to J-Horror, from Hokusai prints to Pac-Man, from the Thai spirit culture to horror manga, the figure of the ghost has haunted the Asian imagination for centuries. In China, Thailand and Japan - the lands that the exhibition focuses on - the popular infatuation with terror is very real, and one that permeates a wide variety of cultural productions. From spirits that wander the forest, vengeful cat-women and hungry spirits that return from the dead ("the walking dead") to jumping vampires and yokaïs (supernatural creatures in Japanese folklore), these can appear in multiple guises and play on artistic periods and media.

Ghosts and Hells - the underworld in Asian art explores their omnipresence not only in objects and documents but also in the performing arts, cinema and comics in an attempt to better understand how they work. After all, whilst Buddhism has played its part in the formation of this imagination – implying that souls are in waiting between two reincarnations –, it is indeed on the fringes of religion, in popular and secular art, that the representation of ghosts has truly come into its own.

Warning: Please note that some of the pieces or images presented in the exhibition may be shocking to some visitors (particularly children).

  • Categorie : Exhibitions
  • Curator

    • Julien Rousseau, Head of the Asia Heritage Collections at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

    Scientific adviser for cinema

    • Stéphane du Mesnildot, journalist for Les Cahiers du Cinéma, author and specialist in Asian cinema
  • Place:   Galerie Jardin
  • TimeSlots:  
    From Tuesday 10 April 2018 at Sunday 15 July 2018
  • Closed on monday
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday:  11:00 am-07:00 pm
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  11:00 am-09:00 pm
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap visuel
    • LSF
    • Handicap auditif (sans T)
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public:   Over 12 years
  • Garden Gallery temporary exhibition ticket
    Full price:  10,00 €
    Reduce rate:  7,00 €

    Twin ticket
    Full price:  12,00 €
    Reduce rate:  9,00 €

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Exhibition Views

Vue de l'exposition "Enfers et fantômes d'Asie"

© musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Gautier Deblonde

Around the event

Guided tours, workshops, concerts, etc.
all activities organized as part of the event

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