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    On display for the first time in Tokyo's newly-built national Western Art Museum, is part of the vast fabulous French art collection of the late Japanese industrialist Kojiro Matsukata.

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    On display for the first time in Tokyo's newly-built national Western Art Museum, is part of the vast fabulous French art collection of the late Japanese industrialist Kojiro Matsukata.

    The Emperor's eldest brother, Prince Takamatsu cut the tape to open the museum June 10. At the opening were French Ambassador Jean Daridan, Japanese Education Minister Ryogo Hashimoto and the grand-daughter of Matsukata.

    The collection survived World War Two in France, then was confiscated as enemy property. It was given back to Japan following eight years' negotiations, which began at the San Francisco Japanese peace treaty conference.

    French art...from Rodin to Renoir, Van Gogh to Picasso and other modern French painters. French architecture too...for the museum, one of the capital's most modern structures, was designed by Le Corbusier and three of his Japanese students. The 120-foot square three-storied building resting on 30-foot high pillars was built as a condition of the return of the Matsukata Collection. It is sited in Ueno Park - cost 150M yen.

    The collection includes 371 masterpieces, furniture, sculpture and tapestry totalling 10,000 pieces, estimated to be worth 3M dollars.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAOD4FU2KPPPZJLSGKC09XPRZ7
    Media URN:
    VLVAAOD4FU2KPPPZJLSGKC09XPRZ7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
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    /
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    N/A

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