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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  • I don't know if people are aware about what treasures are hidden in this museum. They should advertise a little bit more of that great collection. I spent hours in there - i am a fan of these civiliza...  more »
  • I had read about a guide before leaving of the presence of this museum, and having never visited a similar one, on the day dedicated to the city of Corfu we went ... Great choice for everything: the visit we made in the hottest hours and I have to say that I enjoyed case for case, showcase for showcase.... all beautiful pieces of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai art... I'm just saying that my 6-year-old daughter, while not understanding exactly what she was seeing, was blown away and enjoyed a lot of things. the porcelain, the glass vials, the 3 ivory balls inside each other... the rock crystal figurines that are about 100 years ahead of those that today Lalique sells at a high price.... the only flaw that needs to be improved is that there are no explanations but only the names of the works... wouldn't it be bad to have some introduction to what you're seeing...
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  • Strangely but this museum in Corfu has better collection of orient art that some big and famous museums. Also the building itself (a palace actually) is quite important historically and just dazzling. So do not skip it if you in Corfu town!
  • A really lovely experience. The building is cool, grand and feels very relaxed inside and the exhibition takes you through the spiritual and artistic history of China, India and Japan. Interesting and inspiring.
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