From April 10 to July 15, 2018 Exhibition - Galerie Jardin
Immersed in the world of spirits, terror and fantastic creatures, the exhibition ENFERS ET FANTÔMES D'ASIE presented at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac captures ghost stories in East and Southeast Asia from the 16th century to the present day. A journey to the frontiers of reality, where cinema, religious art, theatre, contemporary creation, manga or video games meet. From Hokusai's prints to Pac-Man, from Buddhist paintings to J-Horror - Japanese horror cinema of the years 1990-2000 - with the film "Ring", from the cult of spirits in Thailand to the horror manga, the figure of the ghost has haunted the Asian imagination for centuries.
In China, Thailand or Japan - the exhibition's study grounds - the popular craze for horror is very real, permeating a great diversity of cultural productions. Wandering spirits from the forest, avenging female cats, returning from the underworld hungry ("walking dead"), vampire jumpers or yokaïs (fantastic creatures of Japanese folklore), their apparitions are multiple and play with eras and artistic supports.
© musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Cyril Zannettacci
To better understand their codes, the exhibition ENFERS ET FANTÔMES D'ASIE proposes to explore their representation in the performing arts, cinema or comic strips. If Buddhism has contributed to the construction of this imagination, it is well on the margins of religion in popular and profane art, that the representation of spectra has especially developed.
The route follows a thematic and geographical approach. He mixes eras to show the continuity of ghost representations. The dialogue between ancient religious art, theatre, cinema, video games and comics illustrates the idea that the ghost never dies and that its manifestations are unpredictable. The spectra appear beyond the epochs and the artistic supports.
A place is also given to contemporary creation: installations reproducing the hells of temples in Thailand, production of mannequins and scenographic sets by a Thai special effects studio, creation of works for exhibition by contemporary Asian artists, video montages, ghostly hologram appearances, or giant ghost sculptures.