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Ghosts and Hells: The Underworld in Asian Art

Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, Paris

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From Buddhism 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 this exhibition focuses on – the popular infatuation with terror is very real, and one that permeates a wide variety of cultural productions. The exhibitions explores its omnipresence not only in objects and documents but also in the performing arts, cinema and comics. Find out more about the ‘Ghosts and Hells’ exhibition from the Musée Quai-Branly–Jacques Chirac’s website. 

The Princess Takiyasha and the Ghost-Skeleton, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

The Princess Takiyasha and the Ghost-Skeleton (c. 1844), Utagawa Kuniyoshi. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Phantom of Oiwa, signed Ikkyo

The Phantom of Oiwa (late 19th–early 20th century), signed Ikkyo. Photo Claude Germain; © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

The Ogress of the Forest, Phi Mè Nay

The Ogress of the Forest, Phi Mè Nay (2015), Chiang Rai province. Photo: Claude Germain; © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Rival, Anupong Chantorn

Rival (2017), Anupong Chantorn. Photo Claude Germain; © musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

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