The secrets of the "Garden of Asia"

National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet


Driven by a quest for harmony to be "one with the sky", the art of the garden in Asia proceeds from a spectacular and idealized creation of nature. Mughal India, Japan and China have particularly contributed to this art that CultureSecrets invites you to discover on the occasion of the exhibition "Garden of Asia" at the Guimet Museum. Take advantage of your admission !

To know

The Guimet Museum presents an anthology of eighty works from its collections: Indian miniatures, prints, photographs, textiles, ceramics ... evidence of princely or imperial gardens, gardens of Buddhist temples, Confucian scholars, tea gardens, gardens dreamed by poets, from Lahore to Kyoto, the typological and aesthetic distinctions are not lacking. Climatic imperatives, cultural singularities and historical developments are all elements that invite a comparative approach to Asian gardens. 

The exhibition is thus divided into three essential themes of the garden in Asia: the structure and layout of the space, the uses and pleasures, and finally the symbolic and literary references, which you will be able to explore in the Museum.

Our secret

Asian gardens differ from their Western counterparts by the symbolic choice of plants and the way

Shhhh... it's a secret!
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Practice info:

Until September 20th.

You will receive your paper ticket by mail, on working days.

Please note that you must make a time-stamped reservation on the Guimet Museum's online ticketing service for each person registered, in addition to your paper ticket.

National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet
6, place d'Iéna 75116 Paris
Don't forget your mask !


Brick decorated with women in a garden, scene taken from the Novel of the Western Pavilion, China, Qing dynasty, early 18th century. Porcelain with enamel decoration © RMN-Grand Palais (MNAAG, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier.

Admiration of Peonies in Bloom Katsukawa Shuncho (act. 1780-1795)
Japan, Edo period (1603-1868), late 18th century. Nishiki-e print © RMN-Grand Palais (MNAAG, Paris) / Harry Bréjat.

6, place d'Iéna 75116 Paris