Michael Postel
Art collector
Years activeSince 1949
Known forMusée Asiatica
AwardsPadma Shri

Michael Postel is a French pharmacologist, Buddhist and art collector, known for his contribution of the art collections to Musée Asiatica, a Biarritz-based museum dedicated to Chinese and Indian art.[1] He is the founder president of Franco-Indian Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturing company set up in 1949,[2] which has now grown into pharmaceutical conglomerate.[3] Postel, who reached India in 1949 on business related to his pharmaceutical company, started collecting Indian art and, over the years, gathered a collection of over 1,600 pieces.[4] Later, he donated his entire collection to Musee Asiatica.[1] In 2016 the Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri for his contributions to Art.[5]

See also

Musée Asiatica


  1. ^ a b "Presentation of the site" (PDF). Musee Asiatica. 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ "The Management Team". Franco-Indian Pharmaceuticals. 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Franco-Indian Pharmaceuticals". Med India. 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Basking In A Bit Of India". Outlook India. 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2016.