Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron yesterday attended an official opening ceremony of an exhibition of historical items of Tajikistan, dubbed “Tajikistan - the Land of Golden Rivers”, the Guimet Museum in Paris, according to the Tajik president’s official website.

During the ceremony, Emomali Rahmon reportedly appreciated Emmanuel Macron’s efforts and initiatives on the comprehensive development of relations between France and Tajikistan and organization of the exhibition.  

Tajik leader expressed confidence that that event would promote the establishment of cooperation between museums of the countries and further expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and France in that sphere.  

Recall, 211 Tajikistan’s historical items have been put on display at the exhibition that runs until January 10, 2022.    

Documentaries about historical and tourist sites of Tajikistan will be demonstrated on the sidelines of the exhibition.  

An official ceremony of signing of an agreement between the Guimet Museum, the Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan and the National Museum of Tajikistan took place in Paris on December 14, 2018.  

The Guimet Museum (Musée Guimet) is an art museum located in Paris, France.  It has one of the largest collections abroad of Asian art.

Founded by Émile Étienne Guimet, an industrialist, the museum first opened at Lyon in 1879 but was later transferred to Paris.  Devoted to travel, Guimet was in 1876 commissioned by the minister of public instruction to study the religions of the Far East, and the museum contains many of the fruits of this expedition, including a fine collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and many objects relating not merely to the religions of the East but also to those of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.  One of its wings, the Panthéon Bouddhique, displays religious artworks.

Some of the museum's artifacts were collected from Southeast Asia by French authorities during the colonial period.

From December 2006 to April 2007, the museum harbored collections of the Kabul Museum, with archaeological pieces from the Greco-Bactrian city of Ai-Khanoum, and the Indo-Scythian treasure of Tillia Tepe.