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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 houses one of the most important collections worldwide of art from the Indo-Asian cultural area, from the 4th millenium BC to the present. This extensive geographic region includes, next to India, the regions 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 unification 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 Schlossplatz in Berlin-Mitte where the extra-European collections 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, a vision of an educational landscape of world ranking will come into existence.
Collection of South, Southeast and Central Asian Art
Collection of East Asian Art