Corfu Museum of Asian Art

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History

Today, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George houses the Corfu Museum of Asian Art, the only one of its kind in Greece, solely dedicated to the art and antiquities of the Far East and India.

It was founded in 1928 as the Museum of Sino-Japanese Art, following the donation of Gregorios  Manos’ Sino-Japanese collection to the Greek state. Since that time, the Museum has been a pole of attraction for many other donations, resulting in its collection currently comprising approximately 15.000 works of Asian art form private collections and individual item donations. The 1973 Hadjivassiliou donation, in particular, with the addition of 400 works from India, Pakistan, Tibet, Siam and southeast Asia, changed the Museum’s strictly Sino-Japanese profile and led to it being renamed to the Museum of Asian Art.

Today it enjoys worldwide recognition, with rare items from its collections being presented in international exhibitions. The most recent one was held in Tokyo, at the “Tokyo Metropolitan Edo – Tokyo Museum” in the summer of 2009.

Departments

Department of Museum Collections
Responsible for the housing, protection, preservation, exhibition, awareness raising, promotion and study of the works of art and artefacts belonging to the Museum.

Department of Conservation
Responsible for the cleaning, maintenance, restoration and presentation of antique Asian art and exhibits of all kinds, in cooperation as appropriate with the Department of Museum Collections.

Department of Public Relations, Documentation and Publications
Responsible for the promotion of the museum, organizing exhibitions and educational programs and the management of the photographic archive and library, as well as assisting scholars.

Department of Administrative and Financial Support
Responsible for administrative matters, including personnel issues, correspondence, internal operations, financial affairs, museum security, statistical data, the archives and protocol.

 

Contact info:

Corfu Museum of Asian Art
49100 Palaia Anaktora
Corfu - Greece

P: +30 26610 20193
+30 26610 30443
+30 26610 81932
+30 26610 30425
+30 26610 81931
F:+30 26610 20194
E: matk@culture.gr

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