It looks like the gasket fried because it developed a leak and over time the hot exhaust gasses degraded the gasket even further.
You should ensure that both surfaces are flat and free of any bumps, ridges or indents that could further exacerbate the issue once you fix the issue with a new gasket.
There are exhaust gasket sealers if you determine that you have an indent on either surface, possibly from exhaust gasses passing over the manifold or the head for an extended period of time. I would only use the exhaust gasket sealer under those conditions.
If the surfaces are in good shape and completely level without anything interfering with a good seal, then place the gasket dry without any sealer.