Letter from our vice-president

Marked by many turbulences, including social, the end of 2019 ended with the cancellation and postponement of one of our conferences.

To this was added a trip to the workshops of two Korean artists, Park In-Kyung and Lee Young-See, whose incredible twist which was reminiscent of Raymond Quenau, was confined to St Lazare station, in waiting for a hypothetical train…

We were hoping that 2020 would be a better year. This was without counting on the appearance of an invisible enemy, the Covid 19, which turned our daily lives upside down.
Deprived of effective protection barriers and anxious to preserve Friends and Interveners of our association, we have, even before the official declaration of confinement of March 16, made dark cuts in our program while undergoing the shock of the cancellation of our travel to North China.
Painful operation which had to be extended, thereafter, to all our activities until the summer holidays, with a particular regret for the conference visit of the exhibition Bai Ming- Chinese artist of international renown whose certain works have been exhibited at the Cernuschi- museum in La Louvière, Belgium.

In total, since the start of the year, only the remarkable Françoise Capelle conference on the Rohingyas and the no less remarkable exhibition devoted, at the Besançon museum, to the influence of François Boucher on the development of the city have been saved. in France in the 18th century.

Exodus of the Rohingya. Source STR / AFP.

The Chinese garden. Francois Boucher. Oil on canvas. 1742.

Rabbit. Bronze with carnelian inlay. End of the Edo era. 19th c.

Of course, the long-awaited reopening of our museum after nine months of work cannot be overshadowed.
Ephemeral alas! it allowed, for a few days, the discovery of a new chronological journey of the Middle Empire, a journey establishing a link between the world of the past and the contemporary world, from the Neolithic to the 21st century.
Enriched with display cases, dedicated to Vietnam, Korea and Japan, which bear witness to the intensity of the exchanges between this empire and its neighbors in South East Asia, the museum has been equipped with a specially designed graphic art room equipped for the exhibition of particularly fragile works whose presentation will be done in rotations. All accompanied by a tribute to Henri Cernuschi, its founder, in a red case, synthesis of the Asian color and that of museums in the 19th century, under a new light magnifying the collections.

Showcase illustrating the collection of Japanese art brought back by Henri Cernuschi.

"Youth" .Ru Xiaofang. White porcelain. 2012

Amida Buddha seen from the mezzanine.

And now ?

It only remains for us to wait for the start of the academic year, which should, at the time these lines are written, sound the resumption of cultural activities, according to official information collected.
Currently being drafted, our association's 2020-2021 program will naturally include conferences victims of the pandemic. We hope that many of you will then return to our auditorium where our team will be happy to welcome his friends again as well as all those open to Asian culture.

In the meantime we can only wish you patience and courage and hope that you can count on the rereading and the deepening of the summaries of our conferences published in the Biannual Bulletins of our society of Friends to help you.

To each of you, taking up the formula in force, we say: "Take good care of yourself and your loved ones", assuring you of our faithful and friendly sympathy.

Jacqueline Berthelot-Blanchet

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