8 Aug → 31 Dec 2019
From Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Tuesday.
For the first time in France, an exhibition is dedicated to the life of the Buddha and the spread of Buddhism in Asia. The exhibition reveals the richness of iconographic and stylistic traditions related to the representation of the exemplary and edifying life of the founder of Buddhism. Buddhism, the fourth religion in the world in terms of number of followers, behind Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, represents the real guiding principle of the exhibition presented at the Musée Guimet. The circumstances of the appearance of Buddhism in India around the 5th century BC, followed by the evocation of the "Good Law" and the main doctrinal developments that marked its development are recalled. Conceived in a transversal way, the exhibition confronts the modes of artistic expression of the different cultural areas of Asia and reveals their similarities and disparities. Structured around the great "miracles" of the Blessed's life (birth, awakening, first sermon, access to Nirvana), the exhibition allows visitors to admire a representative collection of works from the Guimet Museum's permanent collection and to understand through illustration the episodes of Buddha's life.