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The museum organizes many temporary exhibitions devoted to Asian art. Both scholarly and pedagogical, they are often the fruit of collaborations with Asian cultural institutions of the first order.
The two major annual exhibitions benefit from prestigious and international loans.
Other exhibitions are held in the rotunda overlooking the historic library, on the 2nd floor and provide specific lighting on the museum’s collections.
Finally, the “carte blanche” series welcomes contemporary artists to promote dialogue between the institution’s collections and current artistic production.
Shows and cinema programming
Originally designed by Émile Guimet as a room for “public lectures”, the Guimet Museum’s auditorium hosted the first concerts of Asian music, including Indian music, in the early 1900s. In 1905 Margaretha Geertruida Zelle won her artist’s name: Mata Hari; in 1956 the auditorium was already receiving Ravi Shankar or the Dâgar Brothers in 1964. Completely renovated in 2001 and integrated into the architecture of the new museum, the room benefits from a space that is both comfortable and intimate.
The auditorium is also a screening room and hosts a rich program of films related to temporary exhibitions and Asia.