It was started in 1991 by Claudio Perino, a collector with a keen interest in Japanese, Chinese and Far Eastern cultures.
It includes over 2000 works of art, partly loaned to the Museum of Oriental Arts (MAO) in Turin, Italy and to the Museum of Cultures in Lugano, Switzerland.
Most represented are Japanese scroll paintings (kakemono), produced over five centuries (1500-1900 AD) from all main Japanese artists (Kano, Tosa, Nanga, Zenga, Rimpa, Ukiyo-e, Maruyama/Shijo, and Nihon-ga schools). There are also Chinese paintings, Japanese fans and screens, original ink drawings, woodblock prints and illustrated books.
The collection further includes lacquerware objects, porcelain, ceramics, bronzes, and silk textiles from Japan, Cina and Korea (XVII-XX Century).
A distinctive nucleus is formed by antique photographs from Japan, China and India – albumens prints, magic lantern slides, stereographic images and illustrated books.
CARAGLIO, ITALY 2008 - STORIES OF SILK THREADS (Utamaro prints), AT FILATOIO ROSSO
BIELLA, ITALY 2009 – POSSIBLE THEATRES (Zen kakemono), AT PALAZZO FERRERO,
VERBANIA, ITALY 2009 – FLOWER POWER (Painting, Prints, Lacquer), AT VILLA GIULIA
FLORENCE, ITALY 2012 – JAPAN, LAND OF ENCHANTMENT-LINE AND COLOUR, AT PALAZZO PITTI
TURIN, ITALY 2012 – ROBERT WILSON (Kimono), AT PALAZZO MADAMA
TURIN, ITALY 2012-2013 - ORIENTAL REFLECTIONS (Mirrors), AT MAO
TURIN, ITALY 2013-2014 – SPIRIT OF JAPAN BY SUZANNE HELD (Kimonos), AT MAO
LUGANO, SWITZERLAND 2014 – GENTO-BAN OF XIX CENTURY JAPAN, AT MDC,
TURIN, ITALY 2014 – FOSCO MARAINI AND THE AMA DIVERS (Prints), AT MAO
PARIS, FRANCE 2014-2015 – L’ART DE L’AMOUR AU TEMPS DES GEISHAS, AT PINACOTHEQUE DE PARIS
TREVISO, ITALY 2014-2015 – JAPAN FROM SAMURAI TO MAZINGA, AT CA’ DEI CARRARESI
ROME, ITALY 2015 – MATISSE, ARABESQUE (Kesa), AT SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE
TURIN, ITALY 2015-2016 – JAPANESE IMPRESSIONS-A DIALOGUE WITH MONET (Prints), AT MAO
TURIN, ITALY 2015-2016 – THE DRAGON AND THE GOLDEN FLOWER (Dragon Robes) AT MAO
PARMA, ITALY 2016 – SECRET JAPAN IN XIX C. PHOTOGRAPHY, AT PALAZZO DEL GOVERNATORE
TURIN, ITALY 2016 – GENTOBAN, ALBUMEN PRINTS, MAGIC LANTERN, AT MAO