Ausstellung: Bhutan – Heilige Kunst aus dem Himalaya, 20. Februar 2010 bis 24. Mai 2010




Shin hanga

March 11 - June 6 2022

With a unique selection of over 200 Japanese colour woodblock prints from the first half of the 20th century, the exhibition shows the development of shin hanga (‘new prints’). The subjects range from bijin (female beauties) and great actors of the kabuki theatre to atmospheric landscapes and impressive depictions of birds to scenes from modern urban life. more


One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

September 17, 2021 - January 9, 2022

From September 2021 the Museum of East Asian Art Cologne shows 100 Aspects of the Moon by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892). Yoshitoshi was the last great woodblock print master of the Ukiyo-e tradition, and 100 Aspects of the Moon is regarded as his greatest achievement. The series brings to life the history and mythology of ancient Japan. more


Asia in Focus

until September 4, 2022

The exhibition sheds light on more than 500 years of exchange between Europe and the Far East. Under the influence of colonialism the earlier European view of China and Japan, with its appreciation and understanding of mutual intellectual and artistic exchange, has almost been forgotten. more


Global Merchandise

Since the beginning of Chinese porcelain production in Jingdezhen in the 14th century, shapes and decorations have been produced to the taste of overseas buyers. Using objects from its own collection, the exhibition shows which types of Chinese porcelain came to Europe, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Japan Gallery presents not only the classic export porcelain from Arita but also the modernised production of the Meiji period (1868-1918) from Kutani, Kyoto, Satsuma and Seto. more


Fascinating Discoveries from the Depot

until August 8, 2021

The museum holds a diverse collection of about one thousand paintings and calligraphic works from the countries of East Asia. Occasionally, unexpected treasures come to light in storage, as parts of the collection are still in need of research. more


All under Heaven

17 November 2018 to 6 October 2019

December 1977 saw the opening of the Museum of East Asian Art’s new building, designed by the Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa (1905–86). Situated by the artificial lake known as the Aachener Weiher, it replaced the building destroyed in World War II and so provided the museum, founded in 1909, with a new home. more


The printed Image

1 March 2018 to 1 July 2018

The special exhibition opens forty years after the opening of the new building, designed by Kunio Maekawa, on the Aachener Weiher, a building which gave the Museum of East Asian Art a new home after the destruction of its former premises in the Second World War. more


Netsuke and Sagemono

2nd September to 1st Nobember 2017

The exhibition presents a selection of netsuke and sagemono from museum and private collections. more



13 August 2016 to 29 January 2017

What would a life be without passions? In the art of East Asia, human passions play an important part. From love to the arts, the yearning for freedom and a life in the midst of nature, from the pleasures of erotic play to the overcoming of the passions through Buddhism – every aspect is reflected. more


The Magic of Characters

23 April 2016 to 17 July 2016

The exhibition ‘The Magic of Characters’ presents, for the first time, works of Chinese calligraphic art from the twelfth century BCE until the present, examining the many planes of significance of calligraphy and writing generally more


Drunk on Sobriety

November 13, 2019 - August 16, 2020

This showcase exhibition presents ceramics, lacquerware, paintings and calligraphy that bear witness to the great esteem in which tea drinking is held in China. Since the late Neolithic period, wine made from fermented grain has been a further highly popular tipple. Contrasting with wine’s intoxicating effect, savouring multiple bowls of tea made users „drunk on sobriety“. more


All about Girls and Tigers

26 September 2015 to 28 February 2016

The Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne is devoting a major thematic exhibition to the internationally acclaimed artist and winner of numerous prizes, Leiko Ikemura. more


White Gold

8 May to 13 September 2015

Porcelain was highly appreciated not only in the Middle Kingdom; the "white gold" from China was also much in demand in Europe and the Middle East. In combination with the permanent loans from the Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung, the museum is presenting for the first time a selection of the 100 or so most refined, and most unusual, items of porcelain in its collection. more



28 March to 2 August 2015

Boro shows some 50 rare articles of clothing and everyday textiles made in Japan between 1850 and 1950. The word boro means ‘patched together’ and here refers to the indigo-dyed patched-together garments of the Japanese rural population. more


Tradition and Modernism in Dialogue

20 November 2014 to 31 January 2015

Masterpieces by Lee Young-Jae and traditional Korean ceramics. In the Korea Gallery of the Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne. more


From Japonisme to Zen

18 October 2014 to 1 February 2015

The exhibition, conceived in association with the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern investigates for the first time Klee’s confrontation with East Asian art and culture. Klee was also the cardinal point for subsequent artists in Japan. more


From Istanbul to Yokohama

17 May to 7 September 2014

350 historical photographs, taken by European and native photographers, bring to life the routes taken by the globetrotters to Asia. more


Compassion and Meditation

17 May 2014 to 1 February 2015

The exhibition seeks to present the two concepts of compassion and meditation in the teachings of the ‘Great Vehicle’ (Sanskrit: Mahayana). Here, a central role is played by the Bodhisattvas as enlightened beings who nonetheless have pity on humanity, as well as by meditation, which was widely disseminated by the Zen schools (Chinese: Chan; Jap.: Zen). more


The Glory of the Emperors of China

20 October 2012 to 20 January 2013

The Forbidden City in Beijing is one of the largest museums in the world. For almost 500 years, it was the seat of government of the emprerors of China, and formed the middle of the Middle Kingdom. The face of the Forbidden City was shaped by the last dynasty, the Qing from Manchuria (1644–1911), who left behind a collection of more than 1.8 million art treasures. more

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All under Heaven

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday
11am – 5pm
Every first Thursday in the month
11am – 10pm 

Closed Mondays; open on All Saints' Day
Museum is closed on December 24th, Christmas Day (25 Dec), New Year's Eve (31 Dec) and New Year's Day (1 Jan). Museum is opend on Easter Monday, Whit Monday, German Unity Day and December 26.

Admission prices

€ 9.50 / reduced € 5,50

KölnTag on the first Thursday of the month (except public holidays): free admission to the Museum for all Cologne residents.

How to get here

Public transport: Tram routes 1 and 7 and bus route 142, alight at ‘Universitätsstrasse’
There is a car park at the museum


The museum is barrier-free. Disabled toilet available.

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