Guimet Museum of Asiatic Arts : Michelin's recommendations
The «Louvre of Oriental Art» is how the Guimet Museum has been described. It has probably the world's collection of Asiatic art. Superbly refurbished by Bruno and Henri Gaudin, it offers a walk through the renewed collection, studded with masterpieces which help the layman in his discovery of a kind of art which is generally little known among Europeans. The skill with which bridges have been built linking divers civilisations and the play of light and colour show the collections off to perfection. They are marvellous: l' South-East Asia is represented by a naga from the Giants' Causeway brought from Angkor in 1878 (and never shown since!), ancient bronzes from Java, and ceramics from Viet-Nam. From Indian art, there is the Buddha Maitreya from the 1st Century, a head of Shiva, but also miniatures and jewels. Of the arts of the Himalayas, portable paintings. Central Asia offers a leaping Lokapal (god-king) in bois polychromatic wood. From China, ancient jades and bronzes, superb paintings changed every three months, and white Ming ceramics. Korea is not forgotten and for many will be a revelation: paintings, wash drawings and theatrical masks are utterly beautiful. Finally, the fine Japanese collections, are centred around the Nara (sculptures) and Edo (drawings, engravings and paintings) periods. To sum up, it's an absolute must!
- Phone : 01 56 52 53 00
- Website : http://www.guimet.fr
- Prices : 7.50 € (-18 years old free of charge)
Opening hours :
- 10am-6pm - closed Tue, 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec
Read also our reports on: Guimet Museum of Asiatic Arts