Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet (Mnaag)

Tickets: Permanent Collections: Full Fare 7,50€ / Reduced Fare 5,50€

-Combo Ticket (Temporary exhibition and Permanent Collections): Full Fare 9,50€ / Reduced Fare: 7€

-Free every first Sunday of the month and for EU citizens under 25. Reduced fare for non EU citizens and teachers.

Hours: Open everyday 10am-6pm (except Tuesdays; Closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1, May 1; Closes at 4:45pm Dec. 30, Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday)

Metro: Line 9, Iéna

Website (in English): http://www.guimet.fr/en/

Guimet National Museum of Asian Art

 

The Ground Floor collection contains artifacts from India and Southeast Asia. This exhibit mainly displays a variety of Buddha statues from these areas. The first floor includes art from ancient China, Central Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Himalayan Kingdoms, and India. The second floor includes pieces from classical Chine, Korea and Japan. The classical China exhibit continues up to the third floor. The top floor, the Rotunda houses temporary exhibitions.

The Lower Floor houses the temporary exhibitions, workshops, café and the auditorium. The temporary exhibition when I visited was “Jade, from Emperors to Art déco.” The exhibition was incredibly beautiful. It was skillfully designed and well displayed the breathtaking pieces of jade. Jade’s beauty has been admired and displayed as an elegant, mystical material for centuries. The exhibit walks you through the development of jade carving; from it’s beginning, to use by Asian emperors, to being an oriental inspiration of the 20th century Art Déco movement in the United States. The use of jade is vast as people became mesmerized by the blue green stone. The exhibition shows a dazzling array of had pieces: tablets, bowls, spears, jewelry, clocks, and more.

My favorite piece

Sphere symbolizing Heaven, Earth and Mankind

China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

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The three rings of jade represent Heaven, Man and Earth, and their connection which forms the Universe. Each ring was uniquely crafted. The inner ring, Earth, is decorated with mountains and waves of the ocean. The middle, connecting ring has dragons on it, representing Man and his sovereignty. The outer ring, Heaven, is denoted by symbols of the sun, stars and clouds.

 

Another temporary exhibition at the time of my visit was “Ascetics, sultans and maharajas, Indian pages of the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet,” which included a selection of paintings and manuscripts highlighting the era between the 16th to 19th century. Each artifact was taken from prominent painting schools-Mughal School, Schools of Deccan, Rajasthan, and Punjab Hills. Featured pieces are representations of fauna and flora from India, court portraits, mystical paintings by Mughal artists, and historic and literary manuscripts. 

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Painting of a Maharajah

The rotunda’s temporary exhibit was “Carte blanche to Jiang Dahai.” The dome room contained six recent paintings by Jiang Dahai, a Chinese artist trained at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the Beaux-Arts in Paris.

 

For more information:

http://www.guimet.fr/en/

http://www.guimet.fr/en/exhibitions/jade-from-emperors-to-art-deco

http://www.guimet.fr/en/exhibitions/ascetics-sultans-and-maharajas-indian-pages-of-the-musee-national-des-arts-asiatiques-guimet

http://www.guimet.fr/en/home/116-anglais/exhibitions/1360-carte-blanche-to-jiang-dahai

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