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Friday, 13th January 2012
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Fukushima to host artworks from the Louvre

The Louvre museum in France is to help run an art exhibition across three prefectures in Japan that were hit by the disasters in March last year, including Fukushima.

In a show of solidarity with Japan, over 20 pieces of art from the Louvre's collection are to be sent to the country, with Iwate and Miyagi also expecting works to be loaned from the museum in Paris.

Director of the Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities department at the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez, has revealed the exhibitions will run between April 20th and September 17th, AFP reported.

Some 23 works of art, including drawings, sculptures and paintings will tour three museums in Japan, arriving at the Fukushima arts museum on July 28th.

Addressing concerns from some quarters that the museum was putting its artworks at risk, Mr Martinez said: "Neither the works nor staff from the Louvre who will accompany them on a voluntary basis will be endangered."

Earlier this month, the Louvre confirmed its status as the most visited museum in the world, revealing that 8.8 million visitors stepped through its doors in 2011.

Written by Mark Smith

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