MAO Oriental Art Museum of Turin
The MAO Museo d'Arte Orientale in Turin is one of the most important museums in Italy and one of the largest in Europe for the knowledge and study of oriental art. The MAO is housed in the historic Palazzo Mazzonis , a monumental building of the 17th-18th century which has undergone a refined and careful restoration, which has enhanced the ancient structures and decorations and allowed an optimal display of the Museum's works.
The Oriental Art Museum of Turin offers a broad panorama of the ancient cultures of Asia .
In the galleries of the Museum, arranged on the four floors of the building, works from South Asia and Southeast Asia (Indian subcontinent and Indochinese peninsula) are exhibited, the most important collection of Chinese funerary art in Italy, Japanese works of art religious and profane, art from the Himalayan Region (Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan) and a significant collection of Islamic art .
On the ground floor, in addition to the suggestive Japanese gardens , there is a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions . With a continuous program of exhibitions, the MAO intends to deepen and present particular themes and aspects of the world and oriental civilizations to a wider audience. The MAO Museo d'Arte Orientale organizes thematic temporary exhibitions, dedicated to particular groups of works present in its collections, seminars and conferences, concerts and other shows, educational activities and workshops.
The MAO of Turin therefore, in addition to being a cultural reference for the knowledge of oriental art, wants to represent for the Italian and European public a window on the fascinating and complex world of Asian cultures.
To discover the exhibitions scheduled at the MAO, visit the Exhibitions and Events section. For all practical information on purchasing tickets, check availability in the Timetables and Tickets section.