Asian arts museum created by Jacques Pimpaneau in 1972, initially installed in Paris, France, currently located in Lisbon, Portugal. At the end of the 1960s, Jacques Pimpaneau, Professor of Chinese at INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, located in Paris), resided for many years in Hong Kong, where he was entrusted with teaching the arts of puppetry but also the collection of puppets bequeathed to him by the collector, Kwok On.
On his return to France, he developed at the university the first course in teaching puppet manipulation, in the frame of teaching about China, and in the process he opened in the heart of Paris, on the rue des Francs-Bourgeois, a unique museum. It presented China and the diverse aspects of its theatre; including the roles of the actors, opera costumes of Beijing and Canton, musical instruments and opera scripts, a collection of Fujian string puppets from the 18th century, a puppet stage booth and glove puppets carved by the renowned artist Jiang Jiazou (1871-1954), large rod puppets of Guangdong Province, and a very important collection of old shadow puppets. The museum also opened a library, photography library, and an audio library, and welcomed an increasingly numerous public.
The museum was forced to suspend activity for several years when the space returned to its owner and another location was not found in Paris. Jacques Pimpaneau accepted a proposal to move the collection to The Oriental Foundation (Oriente Fundçãco Museum do Oriente) in Lisbon that opened in 1999.
The collection currently consists of 9,000 pieces featuring costumes, puppets, masks, paintings and porcelains used in theatre, dance and traditional ceremonies of China, Japan and India, as well as a number of Asian folk objects from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, and Korea.
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- “The Kwok On Collection”. Fundçãco Museum do Oriente. http://www.museudooriente.pt/266/the-kwok-on-collection.htm. Accessed 15 July 2012.