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Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2010
Pakistan - Where civilizations meet (Paris)
by Yong Peng (ypong001(a)yahoo.com) [AUS:IP logged]

Exhibition organised by the Guimet museum of Asian arts in Paris and the National Art and Exhibition Centre of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn.

Pakistan - Where civilizations meet
1st-6th centuries - Gandharan arts

21 April - 16 August, 2010
Guimet Museum: 6, place d’Iéna - 75116 Paris
Open everyday except Tuesday, 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Gandhara is a former kingdom with a Hellenistic influence which spanned the North West provinces of today’s Pakistan. This civilisation contemporaneous with the Romans in the west and the Chinese Hans in the east, peaked between the 1st and 3rd century AD, in the era of the successors of Alexander the Great and the Kushan Empire.

A land of encounters, a land of Buddhism, invasions and exchanges, but also a land of ancient culture and diversities, Gandhara witnessed the birth and development of a brilliant civilisation combining Greek influences, resulting from the conquests of Alexander the Great, and Persian and Indian inspirations.

In this exhibition, statuettes or statues of Buddha and revered deities (bodhisattva, etc.), low reliefs of temples and stupas, will appear alongside terracotta and stucco items from monasteries or palaces.

Gandharan art bridges the gap between continents, between western and eastern cultures, offering a multiplicity of artistic forms which invite us to discover a world where beauty and humanity prevail.


Le Gandhara est un ancien royaume d’influence hellénistique, recouvrant les provinces du Nord-Ouest de l’actuel Pakistan. Cette civilisation contemporaine des mondes romains à l’ouest, des Han chinois à l’Est, trouve son essor entre le Ier et le IIIème siècle de notre ère, au temps des successeurs d’Alexandre le Grand et de l’empire Kouchan.

Terre de rencontre, terre de Bouddhisme, terre d’invasions et d’échanges, mais aussi terre de culture ancienne, et de diversités, le Gandhara voit naître et se développer une civilisation brillante mêlant les influences grecques, fruits des conquêtes d’Alexandre le Grand, aux inspirations perses et indiennes.

Dans cette exposition, 200 œuvres gréco-bouddhiques exceptionnelles et caractéristiques du Gandhara seront présentées. Des statuettes ou statues du Buddha et des vénérés (bodhisattva...), des bas-reliefs de temples et de stupas, voisineront avec les terres cuites et les stucs des monastères ou des palais.

Ces œuvres mêlent l’art classique grec à l’art indien. La fusion des genres et des styles engendre un art singulier d’une profonde unité et d’une rare splendeur.


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