Corfu Museum of Asian Art, Corfu Town

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The Museum of Asian Art of Corfu is a museum in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George in Corfu, Greece. The only museum in Greece dedicated to the art of Asia, it has collections of Chinese art, Japanese art, Indian art and others.HistoryThe museum opened in 1927 as the Museum of Sino-Japanese art with the donation of the Gregorios Manos collection. A Greek ambassador to Austria, Manos (1850-1928) had purchased approximately Chinese, Korean and Japanese artefacts at art auctions in Vienna and Paris in the late 19th and early 20th century. He compiled, recorded and catalogued his collection himself, with nearly scientific consistency, and is regarded as the first Greek authority on Far Eastern art. In 1919, he donated his collection to the Greek State, on the condition that a Sino-Japanese art museum be opened in Corfu.The second donation was the collection of N. Chatzivasileiou, the former Greek ambassador to India and Japan, with artefacts from India, Pakistan, Tibet, Siam and Northeast Asia. This donation changed the previously mainly Sino-Japanese focus of the museum, resulting in its renaming into Museum of Asian Art. The third major donation was from Ch. Chiotakis, a Greek merchant in the Netherlands. Smaller noteworthy donations came from Petros Almanachos, Iordanis Siniosoglou and Giannis Kollas.MuseumThe collection contains some eleven thousand objects, the oldest from the 11th century BC. Artistic collections include Japanese printed pictures, Chinese porcelain, and Indian sculptures in bronze and other materials plus wood carvings. Some of the wood and bronze items are of superb quality and depict gods and goddesses engaged in erotic scenes. The museum is set in the well-preserved rooms of the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, built during the British rule, with ornate furniture and decorations from that period.
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  • Outside the building whose architecture and situation are interesting, this "Musée-qui-n'à-l'air-de-rien" contains absolutely remarkable pieces.
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  • Very poring not for everyone there is a lot to see and read about. But if you have €7-8 to spare then it’s ok.  more »
  • Beautiful museum, admission is with 6,-per person ok, slightly confusing arrangement of rooms, interesting exhibits. It was worth it.
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  • Fantastic collection of art work and well chronicalled for you to enjoy. The building is beautifully built and sympathetically maintained. Well worth a visit.
  • Well worth a visit. Very informative and organized. My seven-year-old son was so excited he didn't want to leave!
  • Good place to learn about artifact of Asia
  • An important museum downtown in Corfu
  • Includes a fair amount of history as well as art for those interested. 'Tis also interesting to read things from a Greek point of view. It sums up nicely hand they have had in the area of Asiatic art. Worth a look if you are in the area. Entry is 6 Euros.
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