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.
GV The new Museum of Art opened in Tokyo to house the French collection.
The French Ambassador to Tokyo Jean Daridan.
Prince and Princess Takamatsu, brother of Emperor Horohito.
Also among the invited guests for the opening Foreign Minister, Speaker Kato of the House of Representatives, and Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi.
French Ambassador speaking.
Speech by Hanako Matsumoto wife of Shigeharu Matsumoto, head of the International House in Tokyo and granddaughter of Kojiro Matsukata.
Visitors to the opening.
Princess Takamatsu cuts the tape. Invited visitors watching sculpture.
Visitors inside the art gallery
Prince and Princess Takamatsu with the French Ambassador.
Famous oil paintings among the exhibits.
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Background: 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.