Guimet Museum

Summary

The Guimet Museum (full name in French: Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet; MNAAG), abbr. Musée Guimet, is an art museum located at 6, place d'Iéna in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France. Literally translated into English, its full name is the National Museum of Asian Arts-Guimet, or Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts.

Guimet Museum
Musee Guimet en 2013 1.jpg
The museum in December 2013
Guimet Museum is located in Paris
Guimet Museum
Location within Paris
Established1879
Coordinates48°51′55″N 2°17′38″E / 48.86528°N 2.29389°E / 48.86528; 2.29389Coordinates: 48°51′55″N 2°17′38″E / 48.86528°N 2.29389°E / 48.86528; 2.29389
TypeAsian art
Websitewww.guimet.fr

The museum has one of the largest collections of Asian art outside of Asia.

HistoryEdit

 
Panoramic view of the library in the Guimet Museum
 
Ground floor of the museum.

Founded by Émile Étienne Guimet, an industrialist, the museum first opened at Lyon in 1879[1] but was later transferred to Paris, opening in the place d'Iéna in 1889.[2] Devoted to travel, Guimet was in 1876 commissioned by the minister of public instruction to study the religions of the Far East, and the museum contains many of the fruits of this expedition, including a fine collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and objects relating not merely to the religions of the East, but also to those of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. One of its wings, the Panthéon Bouddhique, displays Buddhist artworks.

Some of the museum's artifacts, originating from Khmer culture in Cambodia, Buddhist art from Vietnam and Indonesia, were collected from Southeast Asia by French authorities and research institutions during the colonial period.[3]

From December 2006 to April 2007, the museum harboured collections of the Kabul Museum, with archaeological pieces from the Greco-Bactrian city of Ai-Khanoum, and the Indo-Scythian treasure of Tillia Tepe.

Works of art of the museumEdit

Greco-Buddhist artEdit

Serindian artEdit

Chinese artEdit

Indian artEdit

Southeast Asian artEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ History of the Museum (in French).
  2. ^ National museum Arts asiatiques – Guimet, Marie-Catherine Rey et al. Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des Musées nationaux, 2001, translation by John Adamson, ISBN 2711838978, Chronology, p. 6.
  3. ^ Howlett-Martin, Patrick (2012-07-01). "Où ira le buste de Néfertiti ?". Le Monde diplomatique (in French). Retrieved 2021-10-17.

External linksEdit

  • Musée Guimet
  • Musée national des arts Asiatiques Guimet, special issue of art magazine Connaissance des Arts, available in French and English