Chine: trésors du quotidien


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Chine: trésors du quotidien
Chine: trésors du quotidien

Sur les traces de François Dautresme

This book, published on the occasion of China Year in France, is the catalogue to the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, and presents a rich selection of objects from the François Dautresme collection, one of the most important private collections of Chinese art and artisan objects.
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For more than forty years, François Dautresme (1925-2002) scoured Chinese villages and the countryside collecting more than 50,000 different objects, which bear witness to the talent of their anonymous creators. In 1998 he was the first to present, in one of the palaces of the Forbidden City in Peking, a selection of his discoveries and today François Dautresme is a symbol of an exclusive link between East and West.
The aim of the exhibition – which also brings together numerous loans from private and public collections, including works from the Guimet Museum in Paris – is to put forward a unique itinerary tracing a lesser known twentieth century and also to present the main phases of life: childhood, youth, maturity and old age.
This exhibition is not a simple chronicle of events. Rather, it is a journey into a remote and timeless China meeting the true custodians of its culture. This culture is one made up of simple but vital acts that have been handed down since ancient times from one generation to another.
Throughout his indefatigable research activity, François Dautresme always sought to link his discoveries with living testimonies, researching the use of objects and photographing the people and the places. Across this saga of ordinary everyday life, the exhibition is an open window onto a timeless China.

Monaco, Grimaldi Forum
9 April – 16 May 2004
The official catalogue is available at the Skira bookstore in via Torino 61 in Milan and from November 2004 in all ltalian bookstores.
Dimensions22 x 28cm
Colour illustrations116
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