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Museum of East Asian Art

The foundation of the »Museum of East Asian Art« was a European premiere. As the first of its kind, it presents objets d'art from China, Korea, and Japan like bronzes, paintings, ceramics, lacquer work and coloured woodcuts.

Museum of East Asian Art
Address: GoogleMapsUniversitätsstr. 100
50674 Cologne
Phone: 0221/221-28608
Fax: 0221/221-28610
Opening hours: Tue. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Thu. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Prices: € 4.20 / € 2.60
Remarks: Special exhibitions: possible change in opening times and prices
1909 Foundation of the museum
1913 Opening on Hansaring based on the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Fischer
1944 Destruction of the building by aerial bombardment
1977 New opening in a museum building next to the »Aachener Weiher« designed by the internationally renowned architect, Kunio Mayekawa
1995 Reopening

The core of the permanent collection is the Japanese collection of the founder of the museum Adolf Fischer and his wife Frieda Bartdorff. Their collection is regarded as one of the most important collections in Europe. Other focal points of the permanent collection are religious bronze objects from China, and Chinese, Korean and Japanese ceramics. The museum's collection of lacquer work and screens are also of international standing. Among the most important donations of the post-war period is the gift of Chinese cult objects in bronze and traditional furniture from the collection of Hans-Jürgen von Lochow, the Hans Wilhelm Siegel collection of Chinese ceramics, Chinese Buddhist sculpture, bronze objects and ceramics from the Tang period and the calligraphic collection of Heinz Götze.

The museum building designed by Kunio Maekawa was opened in 1977 and underlines the cultural importance of the collection. The complex is centred round a landscaped garden in the tradition of Japanese gardens of meditation created by the Japanese sculptor Masayuke Nagare.

Determined by the rotation in the presentation of the collection, the interested public receives a widely-spread insight into up to twelve theme areas of East Asian art and culture such as, for example, Buddhist art. The museum additionally organises courses in East Asian decor and work techniques, offers presentations and concerts, and shows East Asian cultural films.

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