15 years of donations

19 août 2010 - 3 octobre 2010


Following the exhibition devoted to the collection of Chinese ceramics of the Ambassador and Mrs. Charles Müller, the Baur Foundation is pleased to present other major donations received since 1995. As early as 1987, the museum collections had been enriched by three Chinese fans dating from the Ming (1368-1644) dynasty, given by the heirs of Ernest Ilg (1899-1986), the Foundation’s first gérant. In 1995, a generous donation was made by the Edward and Virginia Chow Foundation of a dozen examples of Chinese lacquer from the 14th to the 18th century. In the same year, Mr. Albert Dollinger presented a Japanese screen of the Edo period (1605-1868), belonging to the Kano School. Two small decorative jades of the Qing period (1644-1911), given by Mrs Maria Gran in 1999, recall the intimate objects dear to the Chinese scholar tradition. The ninety-one delicate Chinese porcelains recovered from a junk in the China Sea given by Thérèse and John-D. Blum in 2002 illustrate the diversity of shapes and design present in a 17th-century ship’s cargo. The Foundation’s collection of Asian textiles has been further enriched by the donation in 2009 of items of Japanese clothing and belts (obi) of the Taishô (1912-1926) and Shôwa (1926-1989) periods, given by Ms Sato Mariko, as well as a yellow imperial Chinese jacket of the late 19th century, offered by Mrs. Aimée Masset in 2010.

In addition, a lantern and two bonsai given by Mr. Roger Mathonnet in 1997 and Mrs. Claire Pierpont in 2004 can be admired in our Japanese garden.

Also on show :

World Circus Geneva 2010 :

As part of the various events held in conjunction with the World Circus, the Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art is organising two special displays:

Vast River and Mountains, 10th August - 3rd October
A horizontal Chinese scroll dating to the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), obligingly lent by the Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, will be on display this summer in the temporary exhibition rooms. Drawn in ink on silk, this work, attributed to the painter Wang Zhenpeng (active 1280-1329) and dated to 1323, illustrates street scenes from a small market town, including performances by acrobats and other entertainers.

Popular amusements of the Edo period (1605-1868), 26th October - 19th December
In the autumn, a display of Japanese prints in the permanent exhibition rooms of the second floor will allow the visitor to discover some of the popular amusement shows in Japan in the Edo period (1605-1868), notably dances and monkey trainers.