From February to August 2018, tourists can read the following at the Guimet Museum:
“Access to Khmer collections is strongly disturbed by the preparation of the exhibit “Angkor : Sacred City” which takes place in Singapour from April 5 to July 22 2018. Please excuse us for inconvenience”
Most of the khmer masterpieces have indeed left the Guimet museum for this exhibition after 3 weeks of packing by 6 LP art-handlers. 143 artworks are concerned: 75 drawings or photos and 68 sculptures (up to 2 tons !), for which 47 custom crates where manufactured. They left on two passenger flights and one cargo flight under surveillance of five couriers from the Guimet Museum.
This exhibition results from a close collaboration between Guimet and the Singapore Art civilisations Museum.
Angkor remained unknown by public until the end of the 19th century, and has since then been recognized as a world heritage by Unesco.
The exhibit revisits the encounter between French explorers and Angkor in the 19th century. Visitors will discover some very rare sculptures as well as photos, drawings and souvenirs from the French explorers.