A closer look at the new Permanent Collection Galleries of the Musée Cernuschi

5–6pm, Thu 17 Dec 2020


With Dr Eric Lefebvre, Director and Chief Curator of the Cernuschi Museum of Asian Arts of Paris and Shelagh Vainker, Curator of Chinese Art at the Ashmolean Museum

Join us for a year-end event from our Chinese Paintings Programme in which curator Dr Eric Lefebvre will introduce us to the Cernuschi Museum’s brand new displays of Modern Chinese Paintings.

In the 1940s, the Cernuschi Museum embarked on an initiative to collect and exhibit modern and contemporary Chinese paintings. The museum gradually built up a reference collection in this area, and almost 70 years later, the need for a space dedicated to these artworks emerged. In 2020, this project became a reality, with the renovation of the galleries dedicated to modern and contemporary Chinese Art. Learn more about it in this talk, with an opportunity for audience Q&A at the end.



About Dr Eric Lefebvre

Eric Lefebvre is Director of the Musée Cernuschi, the Museum of Asian Arts in Paris. Dr. Lefebvre was previously curator of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy at the Musée Guimet in Paris from 2013 to 2015. Between 2003 and 2013, he was curator of Chinese collections at the Musée Cernuschi, and organized an array of exhibitions including, most recent Chinese Artists in Paris, from Lin Fengmian to Zao Wou-ki (Paris, 2011) and The Shanghai School of Painting (Paris, 2013). Between 2002 and 2014, he was an associate lecturer at the Sorbonne University and École du Louvre, where he has curated numerous exhibitions devoted to Chinese art, particularly paintings, in France and abroad. Dr. Lefebvre studied at INALCO, the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and holds a doctorate in art history from Sorbonne University. His main research focus is on the history of collections of Chinese art in late imperial China and modern Europe.


Image: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965), The scholar artist in his studio after Wu Meicun, 1946-48, Sullivan Bequest © Fu Baoshi estate, EA2015.140