From 12 October 2005 to 9 January 2006, the Musée Guimet in Paris played host to an exceptional exhibition: Treasures of Vietnamese Art… Champa Sculpture. This show will bring together for the first time outstanding pieces from the Musée Guimet, the National Museums of France, and the national Vietnamese museums of Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). The discretion of private collectors has meant that, until now, much of the wealth of this great Asian art form has remained relatively unknown but this show also includes several truly exceptional pieces from private collections, hitherto inaccessible to both the public and most curators. Jean-François Hubert, an international expert on Vietnamese art, has succeeded in creating a unique artistic opportunity. In the 5th century, the Champa kingdom held sway over a large area of today’s Vietnam. Several magnificent structures still testify to their former presence in the Nha Trang region. Cham Sculpture was created from a variety of materials, principally sandstone, but also gold, silver, and bronze, and primarily illustrated themes from Indian mythology. The kingdom was gradually eroded during the 15th century by the irresistible descent of the people towards the south (Nam Tiên) from their original base in the Red River region. The author explores, describes, and comments on the various styles of Cham sculpture, drawing on a rich and, as yet largely unpublished, iconographic vein.
Jean-François Hubert is the former director of the Musée Royal de Marimont and was responsible for the first exhibitions in Paris dedicated exclusively to Vietnamese Art (Paris 1995-1996, Mariemont 2002). He was also a consultant at the first sale of Vietnamese art at Drouot, Paris in 1995. He is currently a Senior Consultant at Sotheby’s. This is a book for all serious fans of the art of Vietnam.
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