Exhibition Georges Marteau and His Collection
A Taste of the Orient
from October 30, 2019 to February 3, 2020
Concert dans un jardin (moitié gauche), détail
© Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
In 1916, the Musée du Louvre and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France received a legacy from Georges Marteau (1851–1916), in accordance with the late engineer’s wishes: a collection built up throughout his lifetime.
It included playing cards, artworks from Japan, specimens of Indo-Persian art of the book, metals from the Middle East and Coptic textiles. In 1917, Major Ferdinand Seiler, Georges Marteau’s brother-in-law and sole legatee, also gifted Marteau’s full collection of textiles from the Far East and the Islamic world, as well as Japanese stencils, to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The present exhibition, more than a century after Marteau’s death, seeks to commemorate this singular and little-known collector, whose generosity has significantly enriched France’s national collections.
Charlotte Maury, Musée du Louvre
Second part of the exhibition:
From October 30, 2019 to February 3, 2020
First part of the exhibition:
From June 26, 2019 to September 30, 2019
Department of Islamic Art
Admission (permanent collections + exhibitions):
€15 at the museum
€17 online (quick entry to the museum in less than 30 minutes)
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