Into the Un­der­world

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The Musée du Quai Branly-Jac­ques Chirac is pre­sent­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion, which of­fers a jour­ney into the im­por­tance of ghosts and the af­ter­life in Asian art and cul­ture with a fo­cus on China, Thai­land and Ja­pan. En­ti­tled Ghosts and Hells: The Un­der­world in Asian Art, the show takes a look at ghost sto­ries from these re­gions jour­ney­ing into the world of spir­its, ghosts and fan­tas­tic crea­tures like the venge­ful cat­women, hop­ping vam­pires and the yokais, the su­per­nat­u­ral crea­tures of Ja­panese folk­lore. The show ex­plores their rep­re­sen­ta­tion in ob­jects, art work, the per­form­ing arts, cinema and comic books from the 16th cen­tury to the present and brings to­gether cinema, re­li­gious art, theatre, con­tem­po­rary cre­ation, man­gas and video games. The ex­hi­bi­tion il­lus­trates the idea that the ghost never dies and that its sud­den ap­pear­ances are un­pre­dictable. Con­tem­po­rary cre­ation is show­cased with notably film ex­tracts, an in­stal­la­tion re-pro­duc­ing the un­der­worlds of Thai tem­ples and a host of sur­pris­ing spe­cial ef­fects. - P.V. Show­ing through to July 15th 37 Quai Branly (7th), 01 56 61 70 00

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