Paris 1730-1930 : A Taste for China
Paris 1730 - 1930: A Taste for China
Some of us may have visited the Musˆme Guimet in Paris (a national museum specializing in works from Asia including China, India, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Japan), home of one of the largest collections of Asian art and civilization in the West. Many of us may still have yet to find time for a chance to visit. Today, thanks to the organizers, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Musˆme Guimet, the Consulate General of France, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, we are presented with the opportunity in Hong Kong to see some of the collections related to China, at Paris 1730 - 1930: A Taste for China. This is especially good news to those of us who are seasoned collectors.
What is more, the exhibition promises to help us appreciate Chinese aesthetics through the eyes of Parisians centuries ago, by presenting the museum pieces in the settings of reconstructed Parisian locales. We can try to imagine, and perhaps begin to understand, the French sentiments and admirations, of years ago, and of objects from far-away China, where it was probably peaceful and harmonious enough to nurture such masterpieces.
We are convinced that cultural exchange programmes such as this will improve inter-racial understanding, and ultimately lead to world peace. So for years we have been supporting and sponsoring cultural exchange programmes, including such meaningful event as Le French May. This year, again, we are very happy to be part of this exhibition of Sino-French cultural connection. We also appreciate the generosity of the French people, for their willingness to share these priceless treasures. The reminder of the past French "Taste for China", we hope, will also refresh the age-old friendship, and reinforce the already-strong cultural bond, between the French and the Chinese peoples. After all, in peace and harmony, we are one world.