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MAO Museo di Arte Orientale, Turin

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Home to one of the most important Asian art collections in Italy, MAO Museo di Arte Orientale is inside the Palazzo Mazzonis. Begin your tour on the first floor with the Neolithic China displays, including bronzes from the Han and Tang dynasties. The second floor showcases Tibetan and Buddhist cultural artifacts. The third displays artifacts from the Arabian Peninsula. The palace also features Japanese statues, paintings and a Japanese rock garden. Our Turin vacation trip planner makes visiting MAO Museo di Arte Orientale and other Turin attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • until July 2, the Museum houses in space intended for temporary installations--left the ticket, passed the zen garden-the fascinating exhibition "from the old to the new Silk Road". in 11 halls are exposed about 90 finds coming in part from the same Mao, picked up from the permanent collection, in part from other Italian and foreign museums. These include the Mao of Rome, the bargello Museum in Florence, the biblioteca marciana in Venice and other institutions in Faenza, Bologna, etc. the set up is very nice, the optimum illumination and each section is related to an explanatory panel effective and simple. Some exhibits are accompanied by a brief explanation that provides additional information on the above. 8 sections throughout. in that there is a 3-minute video introduction that outlines the silk and some Western characters who have had great influence in China. next to the information panel you can see the two maps that show the ancient land and sea routes traveled by merchants and the current project wanted by the Chinese President to revive the Silk Road. exposes 3 exhibits including a beautiful glazed tile showing polo players. the first section real intends to recount the birth of relations with the Central and western part of the present China and areas further West, which dates back to the early centuries AD, here you can admire 16 exhibits, including beautiful statues of great players and a small cup of lapis lazuli. the second section is devoted to cartography, with ten cards and maps all coming from the library. including a copy of the million marco polo, very small. in the hall you can admire a beautiful world map of fra mauro and marco polo's will, with legible text face. the third section is dedicated to silk and tartaric cloths. in two small rooms you can see a fresco from Pompeii, a book composed of 23 boards you water-of which 10 visible-illustrating the silkworm breeding and production process of silk fabric scraps, 8 and 4 shoes, one of which belonged to Pope Benedict XI with two of his vestments, chasuble and a dalmatic. the 3 rooms are occupied by a dozen exhibits-statues and other objects-which refer to the art of Gandhara, an ancient Kingdom located between Afghanistan and Pakistan. among those playing the sacred text of a stele, in two languages. the penultimate section is dedicated to the decorative motifs. There are 10 items to pitchers. concludes with a section dedicated to contemporary Chinese art, really beautiful. 17 works to which you add the black horse placed in the zen garden and here we find a somewhat different version of the same artist. stunning the services you, teapots and the two small polished stone sculptures with elephant and child and elder! the exhibition will visit in about an hour. only note ... maybe we should pick up objects from the permanent collection that are normally visible but rather getting only artifacts from outside. or use material from stores that are not exposed. as for the "news" of the Museum is interesting enough exposure to 14 pieces of renita varies invoice and eras, exhibited in 3 cases on the first floor, at the beginning of the path. 3 well made panels explain this material, its processing difficulties due to its hardness and techniques used for dating the remains. each object is accompanied by a brief explanation. You can see the disks with central hole, great animals, buckles, axes and little else. will be on display until June 25. until 26 November can be admired in the section dedicated to Japan, according to me the most beautiful and interesting, some new swords of a recently acquired collection. until 25 June Finally are exposed a dozen horse blankets and donkey and seat cover Middle Eastern section, on the top floor of the Museum. one Panel explains what has been said. the permanent collection is spread over 4 floors and consists of:-a section of China, more substantial with twenty rooms, some very small; -a Japanese, which begins on the plan of China with a Hall and continues on the second floor with 3 salt one dedicated entirely to prints and another is the reconstruction of a typical room Kit; -a Himalayan salt and 5-a Middle Eastern, with a single room with the addition of the one displaying a dozen versions of the Quran. the set up is very nice and the rooms are really fascinating. Maybe a bit complex Chinese section panels, maybe rethink for they a bit. a visit to the Museum takes 3 or 4 hours if you want to read everything calmly. the ticket for the permanent collection costs 10 €, Ditto for the exhibition. the rollup 14. free for anyone who owns the Museum subscription. highly recommended to visit both!
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  • Very unique Oriental character and transports us to a unique atmosphere, plants and interesting statues
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  • Very interesting Museum for lovers of Oriental art and for who wants to try to meet her. The museum tour of three floors and is divided by regions, with collections of art objects from China, Japan, India, Tibet, Thailand. I wanted to understand more but reading the explanatory panels or the badges of works there is is very successful; worth a visit. The first Tuesday of each month admission is free.
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  • Amazing collection, with many exhibitions throughout the year. A place to visit over and over again. Its only rival is the Egyptian museum.
  • Nice museum, located in a historical palace in the city center. The museum is divided into five areas: South Asia, China, Japan, Himalayan Region and Islamic countries. There's a nice zen garden in the entrance and a lot of beautiful pieces of art.
  • As someone who is not particularly fascinated with Asian art I enjoyed this medium-sized museum much more than I was expecting. Very well done displays and some pretty impressive pieces that were fascinating. Help desk was incredibly informative and kind describing each of the different temporary exhibitions. My favorite part was an amazing National Geographic photographic exhibition on the Silk Road but I am not sure how long it will be displayed.
  • The location is nice and the permanent collections on the second floor is the most astonishing part of the museum. Unfortunately, Japanese and Islamic areas aren't that big.
  • Mind boggling art Percy's from different parts of the eastern world. There's a collection of Indian sculptures, Japanese art, statutes from different statutes from the rest.