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National Museums for the National Landscape Day, Sunday, March 14, 2021

Tomorrow, on the occasion of National Landscape Day, March 14, 2021, the Museumof Oriental Art of Venice will dedicate a short film to the Japanese landscape as depicted in the 1855 series of Tōkaidō views by Utagawa Hiroshige, one of the most prolific printmakers in the landscape genre.

The Video will be uploaded to the Museum's facebook and instagram page at 12 noon. (in English)

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Carnival at the Museum of Oriental Art | I saw...a dragon | Workshop for children | Monday, February 15 at 9.00 am

On carnevale, the Museum of Oriental Art reopens its doors to children.

Monday, February 15, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. we wait for you for the free guided tour I saw...a dragon!

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On Carneval you won't be able to do the usual masquerade crowd, and so we offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the exotic beauty of our collections: the Museum of Oriental Art will be open from Monday 15 to Friday 19 February! Access will be in three shifts, by phone reservation, at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.!

In room 4 surprise awaits you: an extraordinary Chinese imperial silk court dress!

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MOMENT ARTE –  Il podcast della Direzione regionale Musei Veneto

Un Momento da dedicare all’arte, con un taglio fresco e accattivante. Quattordici puntate audio della durata di circa sette-otto minuti, una per ogni Museo della Direzione regionale Veneto per raccontare le collezioni, la storia, i personaggi ma anche le novità che caratterizzano e animano i Musei Statali del Veneto.

Seconda Puntata  Alla ricerca del fiore perfetto  dedicata al Museo d’Arte orientale.

Tante le curiosità e gli aneddoti: il progetto è stato promosso e realizzato dall’Ufficio Comunicazione e promozione della Direzione Regionale Musei Veneto, con la collaborazione dell’Università Cà Foscari di Venezia.

Ogni giovedì una puntata diversa. 

Chinese porcelain at the Museum of Oriental Art - Digital Event

Thursday, December 3 at 12.00 a.m.


A video realized by Camilla Pelliconi, uploaded on the facebook page of the Museum and on the youtube page of the Regional Directorate of Veneto Museums, will be broadcast at 12 noon.The voice of the actor Elia Pelliconi tells the peculiarities of monochrome Chinese porcelain, with images of vases from the collection of the Museum of Oriental Art. The video can be listened to by the blind, but also the deaf will be able to read the overprinted subtitles.

Adventures among the pages at the Museum of Oriental Art: the 47 rōnin are on stage | Saturday 14 November at 11.00 am on the Museum's social channels

The Museum of Oriental Art is closed but the activities do not stop and we keep on thinking about your children.

For "Adventures among the pages" we have decided to tell the story of the forty-seven rōninthe samurai who, after the offense received from their lord Asano, prepare their revenge.

On Saturday 14th November at 11.00 a.m. on the on the Museum's facebook profile and on the and on the youtube channel of the Regional Directorate of Veneto Museums we will upload a fantastic video.

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Saturday 5th December Contemporary Art Day is back, the great event promoted by AMACI, the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums, which for sixteen years has involved museums, foundations, public and private institutions, galleries, studios and artist spaces to tell the vitality of contemporary art in our country. On that occasion admission to the Museum of Oriental Art will be free.

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On the Silk Road

The Silk Road initiatives continue at the Museum of Oriental Art in Venice.

From 16th October until 13 December, in room 4 an extraordinary Chinese semi-informal male court dress will be exhibited.

The jifu embroidered with coloured silk and gold, is decorated by motifs like dragons, clouds, bats, Buddhist treasures. The dress could be worn by government officials who passed the civil service examinations. Rank was further distinguished by a hierarchy of colour and ornamentation. 

October at the Museum of Oriental Art

On the Silk Road

Two appointments not to be missed:

Saturday 17th October at 11.15 am

At the emperor's court: a dress from Qing China,edited by Elisa A. De Concini.On the occasion of the exhibition of a luxurious jifu, jifu usually kept in the museum's storerooms, a guided tour of the Chinese court clothes will be held.  We will talk about embroidery, colours and decorative motifs.

Saturday 24th October at 3.00 p.m.

Red luxury: Chinese carved lacquer, guided tour edited by Elena Riu.

Reservation required for guided tours | 041 5214473

Hidden Treasues. A work a month


Two beautiful Buddhist sculptures, recently restored, are exposed in room 4 until 11th October.

It’s a unique opportunity to see the two artworks returned in their splendor.

The two artworks are a zushi realized in 1687 containing a 12th century Jūichimen Kannon, and a 18th century Senju Kannon. ​

European Heritage Days 2020 | September 26th-27th


Saturday, September 26th at 15.30


Under Kannon's gaze. History, iconography and restoration of a sculpture from the Museum of Oriental Art in Venice.

In the deposits of the Museum of Oriental Art there is a sculpture of Senju Kannon, Kannon with 1000 arms, from the 17th-18th century.

The work has been recently restored and studied, revealing peculiar technical aspects. Marta Boscolo Marchi, director of the Museum, and the restorer in charge, Beatrice Falconi, will talk about it. 


Reservation required | tel. 041 5241173 

Access with mask

Forms of Buddhist art. Works of the Finzi Guetta donation at the Museum of Oriental Art | From September 10 at the Museum of Palazzo Grimani | Presentation Thursday, September 10 at 5 p.m.

The Museum of Oriental Art in Venice has acquired, thanks to the generous donation of Sonia and Liana Finzi, the collection of Buddhist works by Aldo Guetta, former director of the International Monetary Fund in Paris. On Thursday 10 September 2020, at 5.00 p.m., at the Palazzo Grimani Museum, the accurate cataloguing conducted by Chiara Bellini and Nicoletta Celli, Buddhist art scholars at the universities of Newcastle and Bologna, will be presented. The volume was produced by Grafiche Antiga thanks to funding for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and is accompanied by introductory essays by the above-mentioned scholars and the director of the Museum of Oriental Art, Marta Boscolo Marchi.

At the Museum of Palazzo Grimani a selection of the donated works will be exhibited for the occasion, which can be visited also in the next months, while waiting to have the deputy space at the Museum of Oriental Art.

The meeting at Palazzo Grimani will be attended by Daniele Ferrara, director of the Regional Directorate of Veneto Museums, the donors Sonia and Liana Finzi, Marta Boscolo Marchi and Chiara Bellini, from Northumbria University. On the occasion of the presentation Luca Bastianello, DJ expert in music, has selected tracks inspired by Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian cultures.  

The event is free of charge but booking is compulsory, as it will be held behind closed doors. At the end of the presentation guests will have the privilege to visit the palace, the small section set up with the works of the donation and the exhibition Domus Grimani.

For information and reservations: 041 2411507.

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Digital Summer Camps - Kid Pass Culture 

Art Week | June, 15th-19th

Can't you still take the kids to the beach? Don't worry, there are digital summer camps!

Connect to https://www.centriestividigitali.it/ and you will find many ideas for the little ones, for a fun week entirely dedicated to art, from 15th to 19th June. Registration is free!

We have joined with "Stories in the shell", a splendid video and models to be cut out, created by the Museum for the game of "kai awase", a memory of painted shells, very ... Japanese!

You will also find other nice activities, about the game of incense and the Java shadow theater, created for us by the Didatticando association and many other games offered by the Museums of the Veneto Regional Directorate of Museums and much more.

Good fun!

Internationale Museum Day 2020 | Monday 18th May

For the International Museum Day 2020, organized by ICOM and dedicated to inclusion and diversity (Museums for Equality: diversity and inclusion), the Oriental Art Museum has prepared a splendid self-produced video illustrating the collection of okimono,small sculptures once exhibited in the tokonoma of the Japanese house.

These are works of extraordinary refinement, made in ivory, which depict heroes and heroines, animals, parodic scenes. Thanks to the narrative voice, the video also allows the blind and visually impaired to discover these little treasures. For the deaf, it will be possible to read the superimposed text

The invasion of flying dragons - Kid Pass Days

Saturday 9 May, 11.30 am

The dragon, a fantastic and mysterious creature, is extremely popular in the East. There are many types but almost always their body is similar to a large snake, covered with scales.

In China, for example, the lung has a camel head, deer horns, hare eyes, bull ears, iguana neck, carp scales, tiger legs and eagle claws and two long mustaches. He often keeps a jewel with him. In China and Japan the dragon is the lord of the waters, guardian of precious treasures, keeper of ancient knowledge.


Follow us on Saturday 9 May at 11.30. We will take you to discover the dragons of the Oriental Art Museum in Venice, with a video that will show you how they invaded clothes, netsuke, china and paintings. At the end of our short trip we will invite you to make one, with the colors you prefer. Prepare scissors, glue and lots of colored paper! See you there!

My dragon

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Video – La storia del Museo d’Arte Orientale di Venezia

In un video il museo si racconta: la collezione di Enrico di Borbone che  nel suo viaggio in Estremo Oriente nella seconda metà dell’Ottocento riunì quasi trentamila pezzi.