Cities & Culture

Museum of East Asian Art Cologne

A treasure trove of art from China, Korea and Japan, the Museum of East Asian Art was the first of its kind in Europe when it opened its doors back in 1913. The building housing the museum is also an important monument in its own right.

The collection of the museum's founder, Adolf Fischer, and his wife, Frieda Bartdorff, forms the core of the holdings. Their collection of Buddhist paintings and wooden sculptures, Japanese folding screen paintings, coloured woodcuts and lacquer art is regarded as one of the most significant in Europe. Alongside the Museum of Asian Art in Berlin, the Cologne-based museum is home to the most important collection of art from China, Korea and Japan currently to be found in Germany.

The museum's founders intended for their collection to paint a comprehensive picture, encompassing all genres of East Asian Art throughout history. And so the display features ceramics, lacquer art, paintings and calligraphy alongside bronze and ceramic sacrificial vessels for wine used in ancestral worship. Architecture aficionados will also appreciate the building housing the museum, which was designed by Kunio Maekawa, a student of Le Corbusier. It is considered to be one of the most important architectural monuments from the Classical Modernism movement in Cologne. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am–5 pm, the first Thursday of every month: 11 am–10 pm

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