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Musée Cernuschi
Museum of Asian Arts

7, Avenue Vélasquez, 8th arrondissement.

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After three years of restoration, the Cernuschi Museum makes new skin and re-open for the public in June 2005.  Second museum devoted to Arts of the Far East after the famous Museum Guimet, this temple of Chinese art is housed in a sumptuous private mansion of the Monceau plain having belonged to the collector Henri Cernuschi (1821-1896) at the XIXth century.  This Italian business man, refugee in France under the Second Empire, had been traveling during two years in China and in Japan between 1871 and 1873.  This cultural tour will enable him to pile up 4000 works of art, the beginning of an exemplary collection.  In 1896, the town of Paris inherits its superb fortune. It will continue to grow up regularly until today. However, the presentation of 1962 started to date.  Inaccessible to the handicapped people, badly clarified, confined, such was the old museum.  For now, the 12400 collector's items (ceramic, bronzes, paintings, prints) have more space to radiate, therefore to allure the visitor.  Masterpiece of the places, monumental Buddha Amida, bronze of the XVIIIth century suggest the spiritual atmosphere of an authentic temple of Tokyo.  In 1930, arrives here a superb terra cotta polychrome camel driver of the dynasty of Wei of North (386-534).  Funerary ornaments of gilded metal Mongolia are exhibited beside Japanese photographs and an ancient ceramics mud of the province of Sichuan.  In this wealthy residence, only the smoking-room preserved the neo-classic atmosphere of the time of the host.  Like all the Museums of the Town of Paris, this one is completely free.

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