Art and Design, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Jun  2022, Pages 83-93; DOI:

The Evolution of Chinese View of Death: Focusing on the Zhizha Art Exhibition at Musée Du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Art and Design, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Jun  2022, Pages 83-93.


Zhihao Sun 1*

1 College of Art, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Suzhou, China

Received: 10 April 2022; Accepted: 28 April 2022; Published: 12 May 2022

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An exhibition of Chinese Zhizha art with the theme Palace Paradis sparked much interest in the West. The curious portrayal of the afterlife by the Zhizha pieces brought much attention to the different views of death in China. As an essential part of Chinese funeral rituals,  forms  of Zhizha Art have  constantly been  changing. The internal causes of those changes are closely related to the folklore, education, culture, and economy of different times. Changes in the Zhizha art directly reflect the evolution of the Chinese view of death since traditional funeral rites and customs embodied the intrinsic cultural needs and the extrinsic regime consolidation functions. In addition, Zhizha also reflects the strong pantheism and realism in Chinese funeral rituals. As a gradually  declining  folklore  entity,  the  prospects  of this  art  form  are  worthy  of consideration.


Zhizha, View of Death, Funeral Rituals


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