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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A porcelain firmament, from China to Europe

13 March 2019 10 June 2019
The 300 16th and 17th century Chinese porcelains that adorn the ceiling of the current French Embassy in Lisbon, a former royal residence, are made visible through a 3D restitution in the Rotunda on the fourth floor of the museum. This virtual restitution combines techniques of imagery (3D modelling) and digital sculpture (for relief), a technical feat that will delight lovers of baroque architecture as well as new...

Fables of the East. Miniaturists, artists and adventurers at the court of Lahore

20 February 2019 27 May 2019
A set of illustrations that reveals a surprising aspect of Indian pictorial production by a Lahore painter, Imam Bakhsh, in the 19th century. Among them, 60 miniatures of the Fables de la Fontaine, thanks to the exceptional loan from the Château-Thierry Museum, constitute a first anthology. Paintings from the Punjab school are added to the fables: portraits of maharajahs, royal dignitaries, landscapes, intended to...

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