The Museum of the Arts and Culture of the Orient (MACO), is the fruit of over 35 years of collaboration between the Municipality of Arcidosso and the Cultural Association Dzogchen Community of Merigar, a non-profit cultural association, founded by Prof. Namkhai Norbu, professor of Tibetan and Mongolian language and literature at the Oriental University of Naples from 1962 to 1992. The project was born out of the will of both institutions to find a home for the rich collection of over 5000 objects of fine Asian arts, crafts and ethnographic artefacts from the Namkhai Collection. The conceptual and architectonic plan for the Museum were built around the idea of a mandala, also reflected in the logo of the Museum, which arranges the 5 principle sciences of Tibetan studies; The Arts, Medicine, Language and Literature, Logic, and the Interior Spiritual Sciences, as a holistic unity linked together through the intention for self-discovery.
Culture is evolution
As part of our shared global, multicultural heritage, we present both traditional and contemporary Asian arts and culture, as something alive, with immersive narratives in our permanent collection, such as a virtual theatre, 360 degree video installations and soundscapes to new work by contemporary Asian artists, in our Project Space – located on the second floor of the Museum.