Beaux Arts Special Edition / Ultimate fight. Asian martial arts - Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
In India, China and Japan, martial arts became a complete system of spiritual and physical development, in harmony with a representation of the world. In China, martial schools played a political role as allies of the imperial armies or, on the contrary, by forming secret societies against the Empire. Some monasteries, such as Shaolin, have their own fighting techniques. These historical or legendary struggles have inspired kung fu films, as well as chivalric literature. The practice of judo and karate in Japan has left a lasting impression on the image of a warlike Japan.
Beaux Arts Éditions, in keeping with the Quai Branly exhibition, reflects, through paintings, bas-reliefs, statues and films, notably by Bruce Lee, more than twenty centuries of martial arts in Asia, a vital breath that is supposed to animate both the body and the spirit.
Exhibition at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac from 28 September 2021 to 16 January 2022.