Exhibition cancelled due to Japanese radiation

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“The Birth of French Impressionism”, an exhibition scheduled for April 5 at the Prefectural Art Museum in Hiroshima City, has been called off because art loans from France have been withdrawn. The reason: potential (or fear of potential) radiation damage to the artworks as a result of the damaged nuclear power plants impacted by the recent Japanese earthquake.  The French Ministère de la Culture notified the local Japanese government that all loans of art work to Japan were terminated (until further notice). To read about the withdrawn exhibition, go to the museum’s site here (in Japanese). According to Kayla Chayka of the Hyperallergic blog, the French are greatly overreacting and posts a map to illustrate her point.

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