The Musée Guimet, or National Asiatic Arts Museum was founded in 1889 by Emile Guimet, a businessman and scholar from Lyon whose visits around the world allowed him to amass a large collection in a relatively short amount of time. Housed in the building that he commissioned especially for it, and with a permanent collection spanning 5500m², the museum is considered to be the largest of its kind outside of Asia.
With items from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, China, Corea, India and Japan, the collection is pretty much exhaustive, and Guimet even has two extra mini-museums to house more. For example, check out the Panthéon Bouddhique two minutes away at 19 avenue d'Iéna and its rooms full of Buddhas. The amazing Japanese garden with its pontoons, bamboo and tea pavilion also make for an original and agreeable break in the summer.
Thanks to his creativity in producing some of the best fashion and still life photography, the American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) succeeded to make a name for himself throughout the world at a very early stage of his career.
His works were on so many occasions featured in Vogue magazine and also used for advertisement for renowned clients such as Clinique and Issey Miyake.
Until January 29th, 2018, the Galeries nationales of the Grand Palais will be presenting, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, a grand exhibition of Penn’s most wonderful and interesting photographs to celebrate the centennial of his birth. It holds a remarkable selection of his works that retraces his career, life, and passions.
Simplicity and elegance, two of the major characteristics of the artist’s style are shown to the audiences at the museum through more than 235 photographic prints, amazing drawings, and paintings.
Nudes, beauty, still life, cigarettes, fashion, and debris, all of these different genres are highlighted in the exhibition. So, don't miss it!
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