New Silk Road art exhibition in Corfu museum

Corfu Museum of Asian Art

Corfu Museum of Asian Art

For the first time in Greece the Museum of Asian Art at the Ionian Sea island of Corfu hosts over the next six months an impressive exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Porcelain Art entitled ‘The New Silk Road’. The temporary exhibition which includes 60 masterpieces by 30 artists will be open to visitors  until 16 May 16 2015. The items which will be on display are unique examples of the works of artists representing the Ceramic Institute of Jingdezhen, the famous capital of Chinese porcelain throughout the centuries, as well as the Master Alliance of Art Ceramic in China. Greek Deputy Minister of Culture Angela Gerekou has welcomed with honor and great joy an “unprecedented” cultural event in Greece. The Greek official expressed confidence that the exhibition held at her homeland Corfu in the context of the new Silk Road will help further strengthen bilateral ties, as the ancient Silk Road helped foster trade, economic and cultural cooperation in the past. As she said to Xinhua news agency: ‘For us the new Silk Road is extremely significant. It will help deepen our relations. Each cultural event, such as today’s event, brings us closer’.

The Corfu Museum of Asian Art, the only one of its kind in Greece, solely dedicated to the art and antiquities of the Far East and India, was founded in 1928 as the Museum of Sino-Japanese Art.Since then, the museum has been a pole of attraction for many donations, resulting in its collection currently comprising approximately 15,000 works of Asian art. The Museum’s Chinese collection includes pieces of pottery, porcelain, brass works of art, sculpture, clothing, coins, etc.