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Death of Jacques Giès, 1950-2021

TO GO WITH AFP STORY IN FRENCH BY FABIENNE FAUR: "Le nouveau patron du musÈe Guimet veut un Ètablissement moderne"- Jacques Gies, the new director of the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts poses on November 20, 2008 in the museum in Paris. Gies, 58, a Chinese painting specialist, took the head of the museum in september and would like to "broaden the range of competences" of the museum to attract a new public. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

The members of SEECHAC learned with great sadness the death of Mr. Jacques GIES on April 11, 2021. Honorary President of the National Museum of Asian Arts, Guimet, Knight of the “Légion d’Honneur”, Knight of the “Ordre National du Mérite”, Officer of “Arts et Lettres”.

Painter and curator at the Guimet Museum, he was a specialist in Buddhist painting from China and Central Asia. He has taught at the École du Louvre and the University of Paris IV. He was president of the Guimet Museum from 2008 to 2011. For the first time he organized exhibitions of contemporary Asian art, an initiative which was followed by the management of the Museum.

In 1995 he organized an exhibition in Paris at the Grand Palais Sérinde. Land of the Buddha. Ten centuries of art on the Silk Road.

In 2012 he participated in the Colloquium organized by SEECHAC in Rome.