Little known ,but big in collections Cernuschi!

Once again, I come back to you on a little known museum in my eternal Paris and alas, never been inside either but I feel it merits mentioning in my blog and eventually I will get to see it too…promise.

I am talking about the Musée Cernuschi, by Parc Monceau. The weirdness in it is that on this park I have walk and walk and even did my first Vélib bike ride in it when it all started way back. Walked in front of the museum as can be seen by the picture, but darn it ,never been inside. No excuses.

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Let me tell you a bit on it from my travel books and the tourist office of Paris.

The musée Cernuschi is a museum dedicated to Asian arts, and more specifically to those in the Far East: China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. It is the second museum devoted to Asian arts in France and the fifth devoted to Chinese art in Europe.

This museum is originally created thanks to the bequest of the collections made in 1896 to the city of Paris by the financier Henri Cernuschi. Inaugurated in 1898, it is one of the oldest museums in the city. The museum is located in the former private mansion of the donor, Henri Cernuschi, near the Parc Monceau, at 7, Avenue Velasquez (8éme arrondissement). Built in a neoclassical style between 1873-1874. It is reach on metro Villiers lines 2 and 3.

From 2001 to 2005, the museum was completely renovated. It retains more than 12 000 works and is one of the five major collections of Chinese art in Europe. Rich in more than a thousand works, the Cernuschi Museum’s bronze collection is one of the most important in the world. It has a unique collection in Europe of painters representative of Imperial China under the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911), but also a beautiful set of modern Chinese paintings, from the first half of the 20C

More than 900 works are part of the permanent exhibition, devoted to Chinese art. But the most imposing piece visible in the museum is the Buddha of Meguro, an 18C Japanese bronze which is the monumental piece, in the center of the Museum, Room 54.

The museum also has Korean and Vietnamese collections of very high quality. The collections held in the museum’s reserves, mainly Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese but also Chinese, are presented in the context of temporary exhibitions.

A couple of webpages to help you plan your visit here are

Official City of Paris on the Cernuschi museum

Tourist office of Paris on the Cernuschi museum

There you go folks another dandy in Paris and I need to see it, especially since going more often lately to Asia (Philippines and Vietnam next before end of 2018).

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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