The Art of Asia – exhibition closed
The Collection of Asian and African Art houses more than 13,000 artefacts from Japan, China, Korea, Tibet, South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic cultural region and Africa. The number and significance of its items make it a major European collection. Since its establishment in 1951, the collection has grown through purchases, transfers from other public institutions, bequeathals and donations from private collectors. It is also important for its documentation of Asian art collecting in the Czech Lands from the mid-19th century to the present.
On the first floor of the Kinský Palace is an exhibition presenting the most precious objects found in the Collection of Asian and African Art: archaic Chinese art, particularly jade objects, ritual bronzeware and funerary pottery, Buddhist sculpture from China and Japan, Tibetan Buddhist paintings thangkas and Tibetan sculpture, artworks from India and Southeast Asia, Chinese and Japanese ceramics, lacquerware, metalwork artefacts, Chinese and Japanese painting and graphic art and artworks from the Islamic cultural region. The exhibition focuses on a presentation of unique masterpieces from individual cultures with an emphasis on both their original social context and how they were perceived in Europe. The Collection of Asian and African Art of the National Gallery in Prague is one of hundreds of collections worldwide whose artefacts have been presented on the international Asian art website Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces.