Oriental Art Museum E. Chiossone
In the city centre, in the 19th-century park of Villetta Di Negro overlooking one of Genoa’s most elegant squares, Piazza Corvetto, there is a space dedicated to the Far East. Facing the sea, stands a building in perfect rationalist style, specifically designed by Mario Labò to house the collection donated to the city of Genoa by Edoardo Chiossone. Skilled Genoese engraver who lived and worked in Japan at the end of the 19th century, Chiossone is known throughout the world for having designed the first Japanese banknotes and securities.
Founded in 1905 the Museum, which is named after him, was the first museum dedicated to Japanese art to be founded in Italy, and houses the largest, most precious and most varied collection of Japanese art in Italy and one of the most important in Europe.
The Museum houses the rich heritage of Japanese and Chinese art collected by the Genoese Edoardo Chiossone in Japan at the end of the 19th century:
Buddhist sculptures, archaeological finds, armor and theatrical masks are exhibited in the permanent museum itinerary, together with porcelain, lacquers and bronzes, while exceptional ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints are visible during the temporary exhibitions.