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Buddha, the Golden Legend, at Guimet Museum

Exhibition at Guimet Museum runs until 4 November 2019.

In 1889 French Industrialist Emile Guimet founded the Museum which bears his name at Place d'Iena where it still stands with many famous collections of Asian art in its reserves.

10 Juillet 2019 - 11:10

Buddha, the Golden Legend, at Guimet Museum, Paris 16e arrondissement.
Buddha, the Golden Legend, at Guimet Museum, Paris 16e arrondissement.

For the first time in France, an exhibition is dedicated to the Buddha's life and to the diffusion of Buddhism in Asia

Curator Sophie Makariou, president of the museum and Thierry Zéphir, collections manager of the South-East Asian division put together 159 works of art over four years to present visitors with the keys to understand the legend of the Buddha.

Buddhism is the fourth religion in the world, according to the number of followers, after Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Drawing from the rich collection of the museum's masterpieces, the major stages of the Buddha's life are depicted, from his birth in the Lumbini park in the south of Nepal until his demise at Kushinagara in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.

The curator juxtaposed the representations of Lord Buddha himself in many iconicgraphic and aesthetic versions developed in different countries of Asia, from Afghanistan to Japan, and from China to Indonesia, where paintings, statuaries and even architecture have the place of honour.

The Buddha Shakyamuni in ten sequences from the scenes of former lives

The evocation of the destiny of a man possessing exceptional intellectual and moral qualities, the Buddha's life unfolds like an epic of the spirit.

The museum tour follows ten sequences from the scenes of former lives as the son of a king in India until the transformation of the image of Buddha in Asia, from his first sermon and the monastic community of arhats. It recalls the circumstances when Buddha Shakyamuni appeared in India circa 5th century BC until the evocation of his Enlightenment.

Throughout the variety and richness of Asian arts depicting the Life of Buddha unfolds visually, contributing to the understanding of one of the world's great religions.Buddhism is often compared to a tree with three big branches. Considered to be the closest to Buddha's original teachings, the Theravada school (School of the Ancients)dominates in Sri Lanka and most countries of South-East Asia. The Mahayana School (Great Vehicle) is present in Vietnam and the Far East, while the Vajrayana School (Diamond Vehicle) is most developped in the Himalayas, but is also present in China and Japan acording to the organizers of the exhibition.

Guimet Museum - Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet 
6, Place d'Iéna, 75116 Paris

Téléphone 01 56 52 53 00
Métro Iéna, Trocadéro, Boissière
Bus no. 30, 32, 63, 82
Parking : Avenue Kléber, avenue George V (Place d'Alma)
Ouvert tous les jours sauf le mardi de 10h au 18h
Billets plein tarif 11,50 €, tarif réduit 8,5€
Tout billet donne droit à une seconde visite dans les 14 jours qui suivent pour réservations de groupe etc.

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