The Museum of East Asian Art and the Museum of Indian Art were merged in December 2006 and now operate under a new joint name, the Museum of Asian Art.The Collection of South, Southeast and Central Asian Art showcases one of the most important collections worldwide of art from the Indo-Asian area from the 4th millennium BC to the present. This extensive geographic region, in addition to India, includes the regions of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, the Autonomous Regions Tibet and Xinjiang of the People’s Republic of China, the Southeast Asian countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, as well as the Indonesian Islands.The Collection of East Asian Art presents a comprehensive exhibition embracing the broad spectrum of art from China, Japan and Korea. Highlights include the collection of Japanese paintings and East Asian lacquer art works from the collection of Klaus Friedrich Naumann, as well as the Berlin collection Yuegutang featuring Chinese ceramics from the Neolithic period up to the 15th century. The merging of these two collections will make the most efficient use of the resources available. The merger has been carried out with the plans of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in mind to create the Humboldt-Forum: a forum on the Schlossplatz in Berlin-Mitte. Here collections from outside Europe will be presented following an innovative concept together with the holdings of the Ethnological Museum and the collections of Western art and culture located on Berlin’s Museum Island; thus realising the vision of a world-class educational landscape.
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