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Natural disaster in Japan: associate member Hiroshi Kumazawa updates on the situation in the museums

Last Friday, Japan was severely hit by an earthquake and a subsequent tidal wave. Hiroshi Kumazawa, associate member of CODART and part time lecturer at the University Art Museum of the Tokyo University of the Arts updated us on the situation in two museums in his city this morning, both holding exhibitions containing Dutch art. Below you can find his message.

Dear Codart members,

As you all know, in the afternoon of 11 March, there was a devastating earthquake in Japan, mainly in the north of Japan. Severe damages were reported in the Tohoku-area, and the coast of the Sanriku-area witnessed a huge Tsunami. This message is only a short report on the situation of the museums, that temporarily exhibit Dutch art.

All art in the Bunkamura, Tokyo , which now shows an exhibition with works from the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt, is safe and it was open on 13 March.

At the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo the exhibition Rembrandt, the quest for chiaroscuro has just opened. All works are safe. but the museum is temporarily closed (at least 12-14 March). I was there on the moment of the earthquake. All works were safely installed. The symposium in conjunction with the exhibition has been cancelled.

I will report later, when I have more information.

With my best wishes/ Met vriendelijke groet,
Hiroshi Kumazawa, associate member CODART


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