The Guimet Museum was born from the great project of the industrialist, Emile Guimet (1836-1918), to create a museum of the religions of Egypt, classical antiquity and Asian countries. Travels in Egypt, Greece, then a world tour in 1876, with stages in Japan, China and India allowed him to gather important collections that he presented to Lyon from 1879. Reopened in January 2001 after four years of work, the Museum of Asian Arts-Guimet deploys its collections of Asian arts (India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Nepal and Tibet) which are among the richest people in the world.

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Meiji, Splendours of Imperial Japan

17 October 2018 14 January 2019
On the occasion of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, this exhibition highlights the many upheavals associated with the Meiji era (1868-1912), which was an unprecedented revolution for Japan and the world....

This exhibition will address different aspects of the modernization of Japan and the internationalization of artistic production through different artistic techniques. It will bring together, among other things, examples of goldsmithing, partitioning, photography, textiles, paintings, bronzes, ceramics to illustrate the changes taking place in society as a whole and in art in particular. It will introduce great names in art such as Kawanabe Kyosai or Shibata Zeshin. The links between artists and creators in Japan and Europe will also be evoked by the links between Japanese and contemporary Western works. This event will make it possible to show the richness of European collections, both public (MNAAG, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum) and private, to discover a chapter of art history that is too little known and to show how Japan too invented "Japaneseism".

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