The Musée Cernuschi reopened in early March 2020 after a year of refurbishment. Now you can immerse yourself in the world of Asian art via the museum’s redesigned permanent exhibition layout and new museography. This long-established museum is located just opposite the Parc Monceau, so your fascinating afternoon of art and culture can end with a pleasant stroll amidst the spring greenery.
A new look for one of the capital’s oldest museums
Located close to the Parc Monceau entrance, the Musée Cernuschi is one of the oldest museums in the capital, having first opened its doors in 1898. It is now the second oldest Asian art museum in France and the fifth oldest dedicated to Chinese art in Europe. It was donations from Henri Cernuschi, a banker, economist and art collector, that made this museum possible. On his death in 1896, Cernuschi bequeathed to the city of Paris his private mansion and its collections of Asian art.
Since May 2019, the museum has undergone an extensive makeover. The exhibition spaces have been opened up to allow in more natural light and create a more accessible route through the building. Since early March, visitors have been discovering numerous works that have never previously been on public display. Temporary exhibitions are also the subject of a new mode of presentation designed to make them even more attractive.
The art of ancient China and beyond
The Musée Cernuschi was originally designed to highlight the ancient Chinese arts through its remarkable collection of pottery, ivory, jade, bronzes and statuettes. More than 900 works are now on display, giving a complete panorama of the different eras and dynasties of the Middle Kingdom. In addition, the museum’s focus has now been extended chronologically to bring it up to the modern era and various artefacts from Vietnam, Korea and Japan have been included.
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