The Han dynasty
Under the high patronage of Mr. François Hollande, president of the French Republic and Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China.
This exhibition is presented as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the French Republic and the People’s Republic of China.
After the reign of the ‘first Emperor’ Qin Shi Huangdi (221-207 BC), the sovereigns of the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) established the foundations of a unified empire. Over nearly four centuries, they reinforced a huge territory which extended from the fringes of the steppe to the north of the Indochinese Peninsula, supported by a highly organised administration, an efficient agrarian economy and diplomacy which favoured distant alliances and trade, in particular by the Silk Road.
In the last four decades, an increasing number of important Chinese archaeological discoveries have brought to light the exceptional art and culture of the Han era. These works comprise for the most important part funerary objects that represent the life of the aristocracy as well as more modest everyday activities; characterized by striking humanism they record conceptions of the afterlife and immortality and the abundant mythology which prevailed during these four centuries. Thanks to the exceptional loan of major works from a large number of Chinese provincial museums, and to the presentation of new archaeological discoveries, the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet will be presenting to the public a brilliant panorama of creation under the Han, from painting to bronzes and ceramics to lacquerware, covering every field of artistic endeavour, from delicate objects to monumental sculptures.
This period of artistic and technical innovation constitutes a key phase in the history of China and its founding role can be compared to that of the Roman Empire in Western culture. This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the exceptional generosity of the 27 Chinese museums that have accepted to part with their masterpieces for the duration of the exhibition, ensuring it a remarkable level of quality.
6, place d'Iéna
Admission fees and rates
From 5,50€ to 7,50€