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In partnership with Le Palais des Thés, the Guimet Museum has a new exhibition titled “Le thé à Guimet, histoires d’une boisson millénaire” (“Tea the Guimet way, history of an age old drink”), from 3 October 2012 to 7 January 2013.

The museum comes back to this universally known drink, the most popular in the world, born in China under the Tang dynasty. This kind of Camellia (Camellia sinensis) was widely spread in the South East of China and started to be grown in bushes during modern age. The infusion of tea leaves enters into people habits and is progressively winning over all East Asia. After two millenniums, its consumption passes through three phases: the age of boiled tea under Tang dynasty (618-907), the age of grounded tea under the Song (960- 1279) and the age of brewed tea under the Ming (1368-1644).

A very beautiful exhibition which gives a good place to objects, potteries, earthenwares, chinas, which were of use to the farming, tasting and broadcasting of tea through centuries. You'll also admire two contemporary works: "One Ton of Tea" of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and "Tea, Portrait of a Master", a short documentary film by the Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung (worldwidely known for its movie "The Scent of Green Papaya").

During this happening, different activities are proposed: guided tours, ateliers, meetings, demonstration and tasting can be booked. An atelier dedicated to the tea ceremony (by Yuko Takaoka) or also the lecture-performance by Yuko Suzuki titled “L’encre et le thé, poème calligraphiés” (“The more and the tea, calligraphic poetry”) are definitely worth the visit.

Our advice: take advantage of this visit to discover some prints of Hokusai, of which the famous Wave, probably the most recognisable piece of Japanese art around, exceptionally shown to the public until January 7th, 2013.

Tea the Guimet way, history of an age old drink (Le thé à Guimet - Histoire d'une boisson millénaire)
Until January 7th, 2013
Musée Guimet
6 place d’Iéna
75116 Paris
Metro Iéna