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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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  • This museum has a really wonderful collection from so many countries - mainly Japan and China but many others. It has excellent information to be read at your leisure. I recommend you take two visits ...  read more »
  • During a recent visit to the island we found the museum to be one of the highlights of our day in Corfu town. It is a beautifully situated building and the collection is of the highest standard. We we...  read more »
  • I am a fan of Asian culture, it was so great discovering this museum in Corfu! The pieces on display are great! 
  • Excellent small collection. There was also an interesting photography exhibit when i was there showing traditional life on corfu. A nice stop after you've seen the fortress. the historic building is also of interest.
  • A must see if you visit Corfu, quite rare to find Asian Art museums in Europe
  • One of the best museums I have visited. As a professor of japanese literature I highly recommend it to all asian Art enthusiasts.
  • Wonderful location.
  • Very beautiful architecture building muznâ
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