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Friday, 28th August 2009
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"Controversial" Japanese artist to showcase in England

Japanese artist Okamoto Mitsuhiro is showing his "controversial" Masked Police Car artwork at a UK museum, it has been revealed.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported that the artwork will be on display in the foyer of the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, in the north-west of England, to showcase contemporary Asian Art.

In Japan, it is illegal to take photographs of police cars and then to make reproductions of them.

The 41-year-old artist is working on the project with his wife and assistant Okamoto Rii.

He told the newspaper: "Doing the work here is fun and will not get you into trouble.

"I want to take pictures of the car masks in beautiful locations and take them back with me."

Museum manager Paul Flintoff said compared to the reaction in Japan, Mitsuhiro's artwork is considered "fun and creative" in the UK.

Other Asian artists set to be featured include Yin Xiuzhen from China and Vincent Leong from Malaysia.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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