The world-renowned and most visited Louvre Museum of France is due to bring more than 20 art works to Japan as a show of solidarity with the Japanese in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11 and which triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
The announcement on Friday was made by Jean-Luc Martinez, director of the department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities at the Louvre museum.
Louvre which is home to the world’s greatest masterpieces will hold the exhibit in Japan specifically in the severely hit areas from the March disaster. The exhibit dubbed as “Meeting, Love, Friendship, Solidarity in the Louvre collections” will run from April 20 to September 17 in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.
The 23 paintings, sculptures, drawings and other works from different eras and civilizations are expected to arrive at the Fukushima prefecture arts museum on July 28.
Martinez said sending the art pieces to Japan as well as some staff members of the museum is a gesture that neither the masterpieces nor the staff will be “endangered” by the radioactivity. Such gesture however, has received disapproval from some art and nuclear experts who posited that the museum is putting France’s heritage on a danger as these exhibit pieces would possibly be slightly contaminated.