The Virtual Collection of Masterpieces

The Virtual Collection of Masterpieces

= The Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM) =

The Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM) is a Web-accessible selection of images and accompanying information on Asian masterpieces from Asian and European museums.

The project uses the Internet and masterpieces in the collections of contributing museums to promote mutual understanding and appreciation between the peoples of Asia and Europe.

It focuses on chooses masterpieces, because “Museums all over the world take pride in masterpieces; people are fascinated by those pieces of art and culture of such quality that they transcend the ordinary to speak across time about cultural expression and achievement.” The website raises the question of [ the definition of a masterpiece] ; every participating museum explains why its masterpieces are considered as such. The VCM also offers an alternative tool to people from various levels; academic, young people, and professionals, who can make use of the VCM as part of their research, teaching and learning. In addition it creates debate about and understanding of the relationship between Asia and Europe.

31 museums from Asia and 31 museums from Europe have contributed approximately 1000 masterpieces to the VCM.

The VCM is supported by the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore as a flag ship project and led by a consortium of Asian and European museums.

The History of the VCM

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), which was launched by the Asia-Europe Meeting countries (ASEM) on the 15th of February 1997 in Singapore, seeks to promote understanding between the peoples of Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchange. This exchange includes conferences, lecture tours, workshops, seminars and the use of web-based platforms.Taking up the challenges of ASEF’s mission, some museum directors in Asia and Europe embarked on a programme of cooperation, called the Asia-Europe Museums Network (ASEMUS). In August 2005, ASEMUS museums considered highlighting the masterpieces as the first phase of an ambitious project in order to promote greater understanding between the peoples of Asia and Europe. ASEMUS has initiated many projects, the Virtual Collection of Masterpieces being one of the most important.

The VCM can be found at

Who is involved in the VCM?

The consortium project is coordinated by the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum in Yongin City, Korea and the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, in partnership with ASEF.

The Consortium Members

- National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden
- Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, Yongin-City, Korea
- National Museum of the Philippines, Manila
- Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
- Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
- Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg
- Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF)
- Asia Pacific Regional Organisation of ICOM (ICOM-ASPAC)

Contributing museums

- Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna
- National Museum, Kota Batu
- Palace Museum, Beijing
- Shanghai National Museum, Shanghai
- Museum of Art, Kowloon
- Naprstek Museum, Prague
- Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki
- Kulttuurin Museo, Helsinki
- Musée du quai Branly, Paris
- Musée Guimet, Paris
- Ethnographic Collection of the University of Göttingen, Göttingen
- Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg
- Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, München
- Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest
- Museum Kebangkitan Nasional, Jakarta
- Museum Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta
- Museum Sumpah Pemuda, Jakarta
- Museum Basoeki Abdullah, Jakarta
- Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
- Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale, Rome
- Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini", Rome
- Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, Nagasaki
- Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo
- National Museum of Korea, Seoul
- Hanyang University Museum, Seoul
- Sejong University Museum, Seoul
- Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, Yongin-city
- Busan Museum, Busan
- Hong Prakaew, Vientiane
- National Museum, Vientiane
- Sisaket Museum, Vientiane
- That Luang Museum, Vientiane
- Museum of Foreign Art, Riga
- Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
- Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
- Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden
- National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden
- Museo De La Salle, Dasmariñas
- National Museum, Manila
- Ayala Museum, Makati City
- National Museum in Krakow, Cracow
- District Museum, Torun
- Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku w Warszawie, Warsaw
- National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw
- Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
- Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon
- Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
- Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
- National Museum of Singapore
- National Archives of Singapore
- NUS Museum, Singapore
- Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Ljubljana
- Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Madrid
- Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg
- Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm
- Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm
- Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm
- Chiang Mai National Museum, Chiang Mai
- Rai Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai
- Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Bao Tang Dan Toc Hoc Viet Nam, Hanoi
- Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi
- National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London

ee also

*Asian art
*Bhutanese art
*Buddhist art
*Chinese art
*Eastern art
*Indian art
*Iranian art
*Japanese art
*Korean art
*Laotian art
*Persian-Sassanid art patterns
*Thai art
*Tibetan art
*Turkish art
*Vietnamese art
*Visual arts of Cambodia
*Silk Road

External links

- [ Asia Europe Foundation] (ASEF)
- [ The Asia-Europe Meeting] (ASEM)
- [ Asia-Europe Museums Network] (ASEMUS)
- [ National Heritage Board] , Singapore
- [ Asia Pacific Regional Organisation of ICOM] (ICOM-ASPAC)
- [ Museum für Völkerkunde] , Vienna
- [ Shanghai Museum] , Shanghai
- [ Palace Museum] , Beijing
- [ Museum of Art, Kowloon] , Hong Kong
- [ Naprstek Museum] , Prague
- [ Kulttuurin Museo] , Helsinki
- [ Didrichsen Art Museum] , Helsinki
- [ Musée du quai Branly] , Paris
- [ Musée Guimet] , Paris
- [ Ethnographic Collection of the University of Göttingen] , Göttingen
- [ Museum für Völkerkunde] , Hamburg
- [ Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde] , München
- [ Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts] , Budapest
- [ Museum Kebangkitan Nasional] , Jakarta
- [ Chester Beatty Library] , Dublin
- [ Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture] , Nagasaki
- [ Museo "Giuseppe Tucci ] , Roma
- [ Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini"] , Roma
- [ National Museum] , Tokyo
- [ Hanyang University Museum] , Seoul
- [ National Museum] , Seoul
- [ Busan Museum] , Busan
- [ Gyeonggi Provincial Museum] , Yongin-City
- [ Rijksmuseum] , Amsterdam
- [ Tropenmuseum] , Amsterdam
- [ Museum of Foreign Art] , Riga
- [ Keramiekmuseum Princessehof] , Leeuwarden
- [ Museum Volkenkunde, National Museum of Ethnology] , Leiden
- [ Museo De La Salle] , Dasmariñas
- [ Ayala Museum] , Makati City
- [ National Museum in Krakow ] , Cracow
- [ District Museum Torun] , Torun
- [ National Museum in Warsaw] , Warsaw
- [ Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku w Warszawie] , Warsaw
- [ Calouste Gulbenkian Museum] , Lisbon
- [ Palácio Nacional da Ajuda] , lisbon
- [ Asian Civilisations Museum] , Singapore
- [ National Museum of Singapore] , Singapore
- [ NUS Museum] , Singapore
- [ Singapore Art Museum] , Singapore
- [ National Archives of Singapore] , Singapore
- [ Slovene Ethnographic Museum] , Ljubljana
- [ Museo Nacional de Antropologia] , Madrid
- [ Museum of World Cultures] , Gothenburg
- [ Museum of Ethnography] , Stockholm
- [ Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities] , Stockholm
- [ Medelhavsmuseet] , Stockholm
- [ Chiang Mai National Museum] , Chiang Mai
- [ Vietnam Museum of Ethnology] , Hanoi
- [ National Museum of Vietnamese History] , Hanoi
- [ Vietnam Fine Arts Museum] , Hanoi
- [ Victoria and Albert Museum] , London

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