As of March 1st, 2013, the permanent Art of Asia and the Ancient Mediterranean exhibition at the Kinsky Palace has been temporarily closed. The reopening is planned for the Fall of this year. The exhibition space at Kinsky Palace's stables has not been limited and will continue to operate as usual.
The Rococo Kinsky Palace was built between 1755 and 1765 on the site of three existing buildings with medieval foundations that have been preserved in the cellars of the palace. In the 1830s the palace was expanded by one more building and was remodeled in the Classicist style. In the Kinsky Palace you will find the permanent exhibition of the Art of Asia and the medieval Mediterranean created by the National Gallery in cooperation with the National Museum. This extensive exhibition comprising around one thousand artifacts of Old World cultures of Asia, Europe and northern Africa focuses on 7,000 years of art development. You will find here mainly classical Roman and Greek art, as well as artifacts from Egypt, Anatolia, Assyria, Mesopotamia and Iran. The exhibition also comprises a collection of Buddhist art that demonstrates art specifics of China, Tibet, India, Japan and Southeast Asia. Your visit to the Kinsky Palace does not have to end with a tour of the permanent exhibition – all visitors regardless of age can test their own artistic skills in the studio on the second floor. Artistic equipment, exhibition catalogues for study on site, stencils, as well as origami manuals are available here. The exhibition is also accompanied by lectures and art workshops.
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