This new exhibition at the Guimet Museum pays homage to the two giant Buddhas that were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, and includes both archeological and new photos by Pascal Convert.
There are some treasures that are gone and lost forever, such as the the two enormous Buddhas (38m and 55m high) that have left behind them two large holes in the Bamyan rockface they were carved into.
The exhibition Images and men – Bamyan 20 years later brings together in one space most of the archeological remain saved from there – including two large Buddha hands with traces of gold leaf still on them – being shown with original paintings, films and archive documents that tell the story of the site.
Also in the exhibition are photos by Pascal Convert, beautiful black and white images filled with sadness, giving an idea of how the site looks today. A huge panorama is displayed along the walls of one of the exhibition rooms.
If you understand French, you can watch the virtual inauguration of the exhibition below (it was initially broadcast live on YouTube).
There’s also an 18-minute interview you can listen to with Pierre Cambon, co-curator of the exhibition, conducted by the website FranceFineArt.