Visit These Amazing Art Museums in Asia
National Museum, New Delhi, India
Today, the museum houses over two million artworks, spanning 5,000 years of Indian history. The mammoth collection includes sculptures, paintings, coins, jewellery, textiles and costumes, armour and anthropological objects. The two non-Indian collections in the museum include Pre-Columbian and Central Asian antiquities.
The Palace Museum, Beijing, China
The Palace Museum was first founded in 1914 when imperial treasures from other palaces located in modern-day Chengde and Shenyang were moved to the Outer Court for display. The Inner Court remained off-limits, however, as the last emperor continued to reside there until he was removed by a coup in 1924. The management of the palace was then transitioned to a committee who conducted a full audit of the imperial collections and a year later, opened the Palace Museum.
Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Japan
Part of the Kagawa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan, Naoshima, Teshima, Inujima and Megijima are a group of island towns located in the Seto Inland Sea. It is one of Asia’s best-kept secrets in terms of contemporary art museums.
Amazing Art Museums in the Middle East
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey
Featuring the work of prominent Turkish artists, the museum opened in 2004. Located in a refurbished warehouse on the Bosphorus, permanent collections include works from the late 19th century through the 21st century.
The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine
Recently completed, the beautiful modern museum facility has yet to host its first in-house exhibition. However, the facility offers significant promise to advance cultural and artistic initiatives for Palestine.
The Dubai Moving Image Museum, Dubai, UAE
With a rich collection of more than 300 antiques, this attraction presents the history of the moving image or the pre-history of film. The earliest representations of this movement start with shadow theatre, then move on to the development of 3D, projection, photography and animation, and end with the advent of cinema. One such treasure is a 12-seater Kaiser-panorama stereoscopic device, showing rotating slides, which dates back to 19th-century Germany.