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GALERIE JEAN-CHRISTOPHE CHARBONNIER
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Founded in 2008, the Galerie Jean-Christophe Charbonnier is specialized in the Art of Japan. The selection of objects, predominantly pieces of exception, has contributed to the international recognition of the gallery both by private collectors and institutions in France and abroad. Indeed, over the past ten years, the gallery has initiated some of the most prestigious museum acquisitions of Japanese armour. Amongst the most significant, in 2013, the spectacular and highly publicized helmet that entered the Louvre Abu Dhabi collections; and the purchase, in 2016, of an armour from the Matsudaira clan by the Musée Guimet, listed as an artwork of significant patrimonial interest. So far over fifteen institutions have exhibited or acquired pieces from the gallery. Initially established at rue de Verneuil in Paris, the gallery opened, in November 2018, a new exhibition space at the heart of the capital, on the île Saint-Louis. Designed to offer visitors a unique perspective on its artwork, the new venue intends to schedule several thematic exhibitions a year, inviting the public to discover the diverse and fascinating beauty of Japanese objects through its selection of outstanding works. Lastly, in addition to his position as gallery owner, Jean-Christophe Charbonnier has authored an abundance of important literature and reference books in European languages on the subject of Japanese armour. For instance, he recently organized for the Musée Guimet and the Palais de Tokyo the exhibition ‚ DAIMYO – Warlords of Japan which opened in spring 2018, and published the catalogue.