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Fondation Baur, musée des arts d'Extrême-Orient

Les collections de la fondation Baur, riches de près de 9'000 objets d'art de la Chine et du Japon, sont abritées dans un élégant hôtel particulier de la fin du XIXe siècle.

Le collectionneur suisse Alfred Baur (1865-1951) est à l'origine d'un remarquable ensemble de céramiques impériales, jades et flacons à tabac chinois, ainsi que d'objets d'art japonais comprenant céramiques, laques, estampes, netsuke et ornements de sabre.

Depuis 1995, le musée s'est enrichi de plusieurs donations, notamment de laques anciens chinois et de céramiques chinoises d'exportation, mais aussi d'un ensemble important destinés à la cérémonie japonaise du thé. En septembre 2017, une nouvelle salle des donations a été ouverte afin de les présenter par alternance au public.

Ces collections sont, dans le domaine de l'Extrême-Orient, les plus importantes ouvertes au public en Suisse.

Des expositions temporaires sont organisées plusieurs fois par an.

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The Beginning of the World (until April 18th 2021)
The Beginning of the World (until April 18th 2021)

Since time immemorial, China has been interested in the Great Narrative of the Universe. Even before the first dynasties, observers of the Heavens were tracking the movement of celestial bodies. Cosmology, followed by astronomy, became State sciences and the sovereigns – the Sons of Heaven – were to be the custodians of this interdependence between the sky and the Empire. China was thus as much part of Heaven as of Earth. As is demonstrated in the exhibition The Beginning of the World: Dragons, Phoenix and other Chimera, the history of this relationship can be observed through the prism of jade. Arcing back over eighty centuries, this venerable stone has been a kind of mirror reflecting Heaven, Earth and mankind. Its inner beauty enchants and delights as much as it leaves us pondering.

The role of jade is exemplified through emblematic symbols, a mythical bestiary, and ritual implements. There are over two hundred remarkable pieces on display from the collection of Sam and Myrna Myers – a collection that started in Switzerland in 1966 when they visited Vladimir Rosenbaum's art gallery in Ascona. Other gems, agates, turquoises, and crystals, as well as delicate liturgical silk fabrics embroidered with gold thread, are also part of this exceptional collection.

This sequence of jades is placed in eloquent juxtaposition with the precious photographs from the archaeological expeditions of writer and traveller Victor Segalen (1878-1919). The objects provide a panorama stretching back to the early Neolithic cultures and evidence of a profound evolution in the visual arts. Although the early representations have an abstract quality to them, a language gradually emerges which at first ripples over the surface, then penetrates the matter to the point of fashioning it from the inside and bringing out a powerful realism based on attentive observation. The main body of the exhibition begins with an examination of the existential relationship on which the Chinese world was based, the notion of Heaven and Earth. A number of cosmological speculations arose out of this to explain and give order to the universe: the Four Sacred Animals, and the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac, which ensured control over space and time, over the visible and the invisible. In the third sequence, we find mankind; these mere mortals carry within them an element of heaven which is a summons to immortality.

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