Alexandra David-Néel

Alexandra David-Néel – An Adventurer at the Museum

The exhibition celebrates the famous French explorer who made history by bringing knowledge about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism to the West.

She made various journeys through this mysterious country from 1911 onwards and the many books she had written describing it, reached a wide audience. Very attached since her youth to the Musée Guimet which defined her vocation, she bequeathed to it a collection of Thangka paintings, a few masks used for ritual dances and above all, the totality of its Tibetan library.

A selection of these works – manuscripts and notebooks, is presented, as well as all the works of the bequest. The Maison of Alexandra David-Néel from Digne-les-Bains participates in the exhibition by lending photographs taken during her stays in Tibet, alongside fragments of letters and manuscripts, sometimes unpublished, evoking her link with the Guimet Museum. A few plates from a graphic novel by Fred Campoy and Mathieu Blanchot, evoking the rich existence of this exceptional woman, complete the presentation.

Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet : 6, place d’Iéna- 75116 Paris
Till 22 May 2017.