CULTURE

The museum’s temporary exhibitions: Event covering Nepal and Tibet planned

Besides featuring its permanent collection (a large part of the collection is not on display), the Museum of Asian Art on Corfu also draws from its vast resources to mount temporary, thematic exhibitions. «Ghandara Hellenism in the Crossroads of Asia,» held last year, was an exhibition that traced the cross-cultural influences between Indian, Iranian, Greek and Roman cultures during the first centuries of the Christian period. The exhibition focused on Buddhist sculptures of the Ghandara (from the Hadzivassileiou collection), a former northwest Indian province currently divided between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gandhara is famous for its Graeco-Buddhist sculptures. Dating from the first to fifth centuries AD, most of these sculptures represent the Buddha in a Hellenistic chiton and Hellenistic headdress. The Hellenistic influence spread from Gandhara to Central Asia, China and Japan. Earlier this year, the Museum of Asian Art organized another temporary exhibition, this time on «Japanese Art of the Edo Period, 17th-19th century.» Considered as the final important period of Japanese traditional civilization, the Edo period is marked by the perfection reached in ceramic art, the development of Japanese porcelain – most notably porcelains from the Arita and Imari region – and the emergence of woodprints. Besides specimens of the above crafts, the exhibition also included masks from Japanese No theater (Kabuki theater flourished during the Edo period), as well as Samurai armor. Scheduled for later in the year is an exhibition that will draw from the art of Nepal and Tibet. The rearrangement of the Chinese art hall is also under way. The collection of the Museum of Asian Art is known to international specialists and students of Asian art, many of whom have visited the museum for research.