Lyon, 27 October 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon will present from 30 March to 2 July 2012 a selection of Émile Guimet’s collection.
The French industrialist Émile Guimet (1836-1918) left France for Egypt in 1865, and was quickly fascinated by the country’s history and culture. He started gathering a collection of Egyptian antiquities and during half a century he had gathered steles, statues, sarcophagus, funeral figurines, papyrus and amulets. Guimet also went as far as to finance archaeological digs like that of Antinoe Necropolis. The exhibition entitled “Un jour, j’achetai une momie…Émile Guimet et l’Egypte Antique” will present a part of this ensemble while trying to situate Guimet’s historic approach.
The collector and industrialist participated in 19th century enthusiasm for foreign cultures and civilisations and for natural history presented in new museum spaces. He created in Lyon the Museum of Natural History Guimet in 1879, before donating his collections to the State in 1884. He also created his museum dedicated to Asian arts four years later in Paris.