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If you have a deep interest in Asian art, this little parisian gem is not to be missed. Founded in 1898 by Henri Cernuschi (1821–1896) the museum is located in the small mansion which used to be his home.
The museum describes itself as the second-oldest Asian art museum in France, and the fifth-oldest Chinese art museum in Europe. Cernushi was from italian origins, he escaped from the 1848 Revolution and settle in France, where he practice as a banker. He made his fortune at the end of the French Second Empire. Troubled by the events during the Commune, he decide to travel. He left France between 1871 and 1873. In Asia, he purchased around 5,000 art pieces.
Back to France he exhibited his collection. Over the years, its collection has gradually grown from some 5,000 objects to its current total of about 12,500 objects of art and archaeology. The collections are mainly works from China, Japan and Korea.
The Chinese section cover periods from Neolithic to contemporary times covering several dynasties: Shang, Western and Eastern Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Liado, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing.
Korean and Japanese collection are more oriented to decorative and graphic arts. Finally, some artifacts come from Vietnam.
After the renovations which closed the Museum from 2001 to 2005, total exhibit space is now about 3,200 m². The Cernuschi Museum is one of the 14 City of Paris' Museums that have been incorporated since January 1st 2013 in the public institution Paris Musées.