Reopening of the museum
Visiting the Cernuschi Museum after 9 months of work on the redevelopment of its interior is to undertake a journey through time and the arts of Asia.
China is still in the spotlight, but also Japan, as Henri Cernuschi, its founder, wished, to which the museum pays homage by exhibiting pieces that were part of its daily environment. At the top of the stairs, the visitor is greeted by a majestic lion in gilded lacquered wood which Henri Cernuschi bought from Sarah Bernhardt at a time when the actress was experiencing financial problems.
The new route, arranged chronologically in continuity from the Neolithic to the XNUMXst century, makes room for the cultural and artistic evolution of the Middle Empire, establishing a link between the world of the past and the contemporary world.
It has also been enriched with "wide angle" display cases, devoted to the cultural areas of East Asia, highlighting the exchanges between China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan with 430 works on display, selected from the reserves. from the museum, coming from these three countries.
Another novelty: the creation of a graphic arts room, which will display in rotation due to their fragility, the paintings on paper, on silk, the fans or the screens which are one of the great riches of the museum. A tactile table located nearby will allow you to discover all of the works. Classified thematically, they are shown in their entirety and in detail with a developed cartel.
Objects shine thanks to new lighting. The large Buddha, stripped of his black backsplash, can now be seen from all sides. It is highlighted in the red case that now adorns the walls, a synthesis of the Asian color and that of museums in the XNUMXth century
A perfect success accomplished in the respect of the past and an opening on the world observed in the walls of the museum since its origin, which betrays neither the universalist spirit of Henri Cernuschi nor the modernization of the museum carried out in 2005.