Museum of Asian Art

Museum für Asiatische Kunst

Takustraße 40, Berlin, 14195
Admission: EUR 8

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1700
Wednesday: 1000 - 1700
Thursday: 1000 - 1700
Friday: 1000 - 1700
Saturday: 1100 - 1800
Sunday: 1100 - 1800
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The Museum of Asian Art in Berlin possesses one of the most important collections worldwide of Asian Art composed in a vast array of artworks created by successive generations of masters active in the Indo-Asian cultural region.

The museum as it is today was created in 2006 but has its roots in the old Indian department of the Museum für Völkerkunde, known today as the Ethnologisches Museum which was founded in 1873, shortly after the formation of the German state. As the department grew over time the need of a separate museum was needed with the creation of the Museum of Indian Art in 1963 and again the addition of the Museum of East-Asian Art in 1906.

The collections remain presented in separate displays: the South, Southeast, and Central Asian Art Collection (formerly the Museum of Indian Art), and the East-Asian Art Collection (formerly the Museum of East-Asian Art).

Today, one section of the collection is composed by the famous 'Turfan' collection: paintings and sculptures originate from Buddhist sacred sites located in what is now northwest China and dated from the 3rd to 13th century CE.

Other rooms are dedicated to Buddhist art created in China, Japan, and Korea and display objects in bronzes, ceramics, porcelain, lacquer and even in gold. Indian religious art is presented in the form of thousand-year-old sculptures of stone, bronze, and terracotta. Elaborate craftwork of metal, ceramic, ivory, wood, and jade reflect the influence of Islam on this region from the 12th century onwards.

Among the museum’s highlights are the collection of Japanese painting and East-Asian lacquer objects bequeathed to the museum by the collector Klaus Friedrich Naumann, as well as the Berlin Yuegutang Collection, featuring Chinese ceramics ranging from the Neolithic period all the way up the 15th century.

Due to the sensitive nature of the material (primarily paper and silk), examples of highly sophisticated East-Asian calligraphy and pictorial art cannot be placed on permanent display and are instead presented in a series of constantly rotating exhibitions, which makes each visit to the museum a whole new experience.

Together with the holdings of the Ethnological Museum and the collections of Western art and culture located on Berlin's Museum Island, the Museum of Asian Art gives a vision of an educational landscape of world ranking.

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