Guimet Museum Exhibition - At the Heart of Color Guimet Museum Exhibition - At the Heart of Color

Guimet Museum Exhibition - At the Heart of Color From June 12th to September 16th, 2024

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Exhibition In the Heart of Color

Admission Ticket

Admission Ticket

From June 12th to September 16th, 2024
Guimet Museum - Ground floor

Single rate, includes access to permanent collections and temporary exhibitions
Duration of visit: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes


What to expect

Discover the Exhibition “At the Heart of Color” at the Guimet Museum: A Unique Immersion into the Art of Chinese Monochrome Porcelain

From June 12th to September 16th, 2024, the Guimet Museum invites you to an unforgettable aesthetic experience with the exhibition "At the Heart of Color." This exceptional event traces ten centuries of perfection and refinement in the art of Chinese monochrome porcelain. A unique opportunity to explore the quest for formal purity and vibrant colors that have shaped the history of porcelain in China. Get ready to be amazed by the beauty and finesse of these artistic creations, which demonstrate unparalleled technical mastery.

An Initiate Journey Through Ten Centuries of Creation

The exhibition "At the Heart of Color" offers an initiatory journey into beauty, illustrated by 250 masterpieces from the extraordinary Zhuyuetang collection of Richard Kan (Hong Kong) and treasures from the Guimet Museum. Each exhibited piece tells a story of relentless pursuit of perfection, where Chinese artists pushed the boundaries of their art to achieve unparalleled purity of form and color.

From pristine white porcelain to the vibrant palette of celadon ceramics, green, turquoise, blue, black, purple, red, yellow, and brown, this exhibition reveals the richness and diversity of monochrome porcelain manufacturing techniques. In nine distinct sections, organized by color, visitors discover the cultural and symbolic connotations associated with each hue, as well as the technical challenges overcome by Chinese artisans to create these wonders.

A Sensory and Educational Experience

The exhibition not only presents magnificent objects but also offers a sensory and educational experience through innovative multimedia animations. These interactive devices allow visitors to delve into the heart of the material, exploring glass particles and discovering the importance of fire in color formation. You will have the opportunity to see how colors evolve before and after firing, influenced by a multitude of factors such as temperatures, atmosphere, cooling rate, and plants used as fuel.

Another highlight of the exhibition is the presentation of a rare illustrated album from the 18th century, an exceptional loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Rennes. Seven meters long, this album provides a detailed account of the porcelain production process in the workshops of Jingdezhen, the main porcelain city in China. It is a fascinating window into the techniques and ancestral know-how that have made Chinese porcelain famous worldwide.

Why Reserve Your Visit?

Visiting the exhibition "At the Heart of Color" is an opportunity not to be missed for several reasons. Firstly, the quality and rarity of the exhibited pieces make it an exceptional event for art lovers and those curious to discover cultural treasures often inaccessible. Secondly, the meticulous scenography and interactive animations offer an immersive experience that enhances understanding and appreciation of Chinese monochrome porcelain.

To know the opening hours and access modalities, please consult the official website of the Guimet Museum. It is recommended to book your tickets in advance to avoid queues and guarantee your entry to the exhibition.

An Invitation to Contemplation and Reflection

The exhibition "At the Heart of Color" is more than just a presentation of porcelain pieces; it is an invitation to contemplation and reflection on the quest for perfection and purity that has animated Chinese artists for centuries. Each exhibited piece is the result of impressive technical mastery and profound artistic sensitivity, which still resonate today as timeless testimonies of beauty and excellence.

As you explore the different sections of the exhibition, you will not only discover the sophisticated techniques of porcelain manufacturing but also the cultural and symbolic values associated with each color. The selected poems to accompany the works add an emotional and philosophical dimension to your visit, allowing you to feel the same admiration and fascination as the literati and emperors of ancient China.


Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover the exhibition "At the Heart of Color" at the Guimet Museum. Whether you are passionate about art, curious to discover new cultures, or simply seeking an enriching aesthetic experience, this exhibition will captivate and inspire you. Book now to secure your place and dive into the fascinating world of Chinese monochrome porcelain. The Guimet Museum awaits you for a journey into the heart of color and timeless beauty.


Dive into the Art of Chinese Monochrome Porcelain as a Group!

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Common questions

When is the "In the Heart of Color" exhibition taking place?

The exhibition runs from June 12th to September 16th, 2024.
Where is the exhibition being held?
The exhibition is taking place at the Guimet Museum, on the ground floor.
How long does the exhibition visit last?
The visit lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Which historical periods does the exhibition cover?
The exhibition covers ten centuries of creation, from the 8th to the 18th century.
What are the main themes of the exhibition?
The exhibition explores the quest for perfection, the purity of forms, and colors in Chinese monochrome porcelain.
What types of artworks will be exhibited?
Pieces of monochrome porcelain illustrating the technical and aesthetic mastery of Chinese workshops.

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