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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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  • Corfu now not necessarily is the place at which is expected to research the Asian culture, but this museum is very interesting and beautiful Sammlungen.Der has entry 8 euros, something is too expensive
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  • Nice collectiin, mostly from China and Japan. Lots of background information on history, culture and arts. At some places the information boards are not connected to the nearby presentation boxes. The...  more »
  • I'm here with my girlfriend go. The guy behind the desk was not at all friendly and wanted to quickly skim over us, even though we were one of the only visitors at that time. To be honest I expected more of this museum. If you have 1 room have seen, you have seen them all. All jars, plates, drawings, ... It is all really beautiful! Beyond the fact that it's there for a layman all looks the same, I can understand that this museum for a connoisseur is a top attraction. There were some rooms, such as bv. that of the Samurai, those real bother. So I would still recommend it to people who love this museum of real art and 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