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Corfu Museum of Asian Art, Corfu

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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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  • From the fullest collections worldwide works art and objects of East ektethimena on the premises of an amazing Palace in the most beautiful district of the old town of Corfu.
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  • A magnificent Museum in the heart of the country of Corfu! unexpected surprise! Flawless museological practice and scientific research working group, incredible! Through the paths, gives you tools to understand the relationship of Western art with the Asian. Started by the housing need of collections of G. Manou (1927) and its Chatzivassiliou n. (1974). The Antiquities dating from ca. 10.500-300 BC until the 19th century. the Museum's collection covers all periods of Japanese art as the origins of Japanese culture touching the period until the 6th century AD, while the sequel include contemporary works of art, DO NOT MISS the exhibition titled "Lafcadio Hearn. The Unfamiliar Japan "includes first editions and original texts of the author that ensnared with paradox and the exotic Japanese world.
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  • Lovely building, great venue. A separate Museum with original artifacts on the Asian culture.
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  • Well worth a visit. Nicely laid out and smartly organised in a beautiful, well maintained building. A great place to learn about Chinese, Japanese, Indian history and culture. Staff are friendly and helpful.
  • At the north side of the big Spianada Square you can visit the Old Palaces (Palaia Anaktora), which were used in the past as the residence of the British Governors of the island. Nowadays these palaces are a complex of buildings housing the well known Corfu Museum of Asian Art.
  • Very nice. A must see when you are in Korfu!
  • Set in a palace, many beautiful and/or interesting pieces from different eras and countries. Well organized. Photos allowed
  • Interesting collection of artifacts. I enjoyed it