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The Micháns Collection includes a considerable number of religious paintings (Thangkas) from Nepal, Tibet and Mongolia, most of them dating from the early 19th to the first half of the 20th century. Among the Thangkas from Tibet and Nepal (most of them very large) are the so called "Medical Thangkas", which vary from three to five meters in length. The Thangkas from Mongolia, on the contrary, are very small, from 2x2cm to 30x20cm.

The collection also comprises several antique Nepalese, Tibetan and Mongolian Tsakli, or flash-cards made of thick paper or cotton. They are used for different rituals and also as memory aids during a young monk's learning process.
In the Asian art section we also find objects in bronze, stone, clay, paper and wood of the same origin, though not necessarily religious.

Galeries: Mongolian Thangkas (MT1; MT2); Tsakli (TS1; TS2); Tibet-Nepal Thangkas (TNT); Bronze (BR).


This section includes several manuscripts (plus some printed books) on paper and other materials, many of them illustrated, from several Asian countries: India, Thailand, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan.

Galeries: Oriental Manuscripts (OM); 


The African collection includes objects from different cultures, with an accent on the Makonde and the Baga Nimba, but also from the Bakongo, Bamileke, Eket, Fang, Igala (body masks), Yombe, Tabwa (figures) adn Ekoi people (heads covered with leather).

Galeries African Art (AK1; AK2; AK3; AK4; AK5)


The drawing and watercolour collection covers a wide range of periods and artists, both known and unknown. The works are mainly from western countries (including East Europe), with a few examples and albums from China, India, Mongolia and Japan. The subjects vary from landscapes to genre scenes, people and animals. Many of the pieces are by Dutch artists.

Galeries: Antique (varia) (ANT.V1; ANT.V2; ANT.V3); Antique (landscape) (ANT.L1); Tragorre Argilano (=Sean Watt) (TRA); Saul Lishinsky (varia) (SLV)


This section is mainly concerned with less known works, such as sketches and academic figure-studies not meant to be exhibited and often discarded by art schools and/or the artists themselves. The artists represented are not only from Europe, but also from Asia, North- and Latin-America. Also present in the collection are works of mild to strong erotic character, which, in spite of their technical and/or artistic qualities, are less accessible to the general public.

Galeries: Karolina Zalewska (KZ); Michel Suret-Canale (SC1; SC2; SC3); Tracey Padron (TP1; TP2); Melissa Grimes (MG); Saul Lishinsky (SL1; SL2); Various Russian Artists (DRK1; DRK2) Various American Artists (DAK1; DAK2DAK3) Various Cuban Artists (DCK); Various British Artistss (DBK); Various Eastern European Artists (DOK); Jan Kooman (JK); Felix d'Eon (FED); Dutch-Indonisian Artists (IND); Antique (1700-1900) (ANT1; ANT2); Selection 20th Century Artists (S20K); Mat Kissing (MK1; MK2); G. Cavalieri (GC); Harry Carmean (HC); Monique Bavaud (MB); Billy Thrash (BT); Sam Thorp (ST); Carl Faarup Christensen (CFC); Kathryn Polk (KP); David White (DW); Homoerotic Art (HK1; HK2; HK3)


Here we find a considerable number of heads, faces and portraits from different periods, both anonymous and by known and less known artists. They vary from rough sketches to fine, detailed watercolour-, gouache-, pastel-, acrylic- and oil-paintings.

Galeries:  Antique Dutch portrait drawings (ANDP); Faces ca. 1930-2000 (GE); Portraits 18th-early 20th century (POR1); Portraits 20th-21th century (POR2); Michel Guy (MG); John Sproul (JS); Various heads and faces (DHG); Saul Lishinsky, portraits (SLP)


This section of the collection, although not very comprehensive, includes early editions and manuscripts, mainly on history and religious matters, as well as early music scores, both printed and in manuscript.


A limited but fine selection of Asian textiles is also present in the Micháns Collection, with pieces from Mongolia (embroidery), Uzbekistan (suzani) and India (richly embroidered sarees, dupata and other garments). With a few exceptions, they all date from the (early to late) 20th century.

Galeries: Indian Textiles (IT1; IT2; IT3; IT4; IT5); Various Oriental Textiles (DOT)


The icons in the collection are examples of the popular, provincial form of this art, as practised in Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic States during the 2nd half of the 19th and the early decades of the 20 century.

Galerie: (IC)

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