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.
Prof. Mark Aldenderfer
archaeologist and anthropologist, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at UC Merced, California.
Prof. Henk Blezer
Tibetologist, author and professor at the University of Leiden, holland
Architect Benedetta Tagliabue
Director of the Fundacio Enric Miralles, Barcelona
Prof. Giorgio Barberio Corsetti
Director of the Theaters of Rome, playwright and professor
contemporary composer, musician and ethnographic musicologist
Dott. Pier Francesco Talamo
Programming Director of the Parco Archeologico Campi Flegrei di Napoli
Prof. Donatella Cavezzalia
architetto e restauratrice presso l'istito centrale per il restauro MIBIC.
Dott. Joseph Houseal
Director of Core of Culture, intangible cultural heritage scholar
Dott. Dominic Oldman
Research Space director, British Museum, Lodra