Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”

September 29, 2015


Type Exhibition
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students
Date(s) October 2, 2015 — September 30, 2022
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue Intermediatheque,FIRST SIGHT
[Address]KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access]JR lines and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line Tokyo Station. Direct access from the Marunouchi Underground Pathway.
[Opening Hours]11:00 - 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays) Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
*Opening hours may change.
[Closed on]Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and Year-end holidays. May close irregularly.

The Intermediatheque (IMT) reopened on June 24. To prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please read the following guidelines before visiting the museum.
 [1] Please wear a mask, cover your cough, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when visiting IMT.
 [2] Before entering the museum, we will check your body temperature. If your temperature is found to be over 37.5℃, we may refuse admission.
 [3] If you have visited a country or region where the infection has continued to spread in the last 2 weeks, please refrain from visiting IMT.
 [4] Please keep a safe distance of 2 meters from other visitors in the museum.
 [5] Please do not speak in a loud voice in order to prevent an airborne infection.
 [6] Please refrain from touching the exhibits, display cases, walls and any equipment bearing the sign “Do not use.”
 [7] Entrance restrictions may apply depending on the number of visitors.
 [8] Any group of 10 people or more may be refused admission.
 Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81-47-316-2772 / From Japan: 050-5541-8600 (NTT Hello Dial Service)
The exhibition end date listed above is tentative.

 The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) has received in donation from the city of Lyon in France six antique showcases related to Émile Guimet (1836-1918), famous as a collector of Asian art. On this occasion, the exhibition room “First Sight” has been refurbished as the Guimet Room to open the permanent exhibition Small Chamber of Curiosities. Guimet was an entrepreneur who made a fortune industrializing ultramarine pigment, and is also known as a collector of extra-European art ranging from the Orient to East Asia. His heritage is now mainly divided between the Musée Guimet in Paris and the Musée des Confluences in Lyon. The large showcases established in the Guimet Room were specially ordered more than a century ago for the Guimet Museum in Lyon. It is said that the appreciation of objects through a glass window started with World Fairs. The showcases ordered by Guimet are an example of such furniture heralding the age of transparent glass. Furthermore, they were made in a pseudo-Asian style in order to exhibit items from East Asian civilizations. They thus have a particular value as a heritage of Japonism in France. In these showcases made to exhibit East Asian antiques, we now present to the public a carefully selected collection of scientific specimens ranging from Natural History to Cultural History. The loan of artworks in the context of exhibitions has become excessively common. However, rarely do cases containing these artworks become the object of such exchanges, beyond geographical and historical borders. These showcases made in France to exhibit art from Far East Asia have been brought to Japan, and given a second life as exhibition furniture for the 21st Century. Here, the scientific exchange between France and Japan ranging over three centuries has taken shape in a public form.

[Organizer] The University Museum, The University of Tokyo (UMUT)
[Cooperation] City of Lyon / Musée des Confluences
[Patronage and Support] Nippon Steel Kowa Real Estate Co., Ltd. / Embassy of France in Japan

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