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Mitsubishi Corporation Renews 10-year Partnership with The British Museum

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Samurai armor currently on display at the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries at The British Museum
Photo: The British Museum

After undergoing a substantial refurbishment that started in January, the Japanese Galleries at the British Museum began welcoming the public again on September 27. Having a major hand in the refurbishment was The Mitsubishi Corporation, which recently re-ignited its partnership with the museum.

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The gallery refurbishment, under a renewed, 10-year partnership with Mitsubishi, includes new floors and ceilings as well as improved lighting. The displays will be partially rotated twice a year, in April and October, for conservation reasons and to highlight new acquisitions,” reports Martin Bailey, writer for The Art Newspaper.

Bailey reports that the newly renovated galleries will feature new items including samurai armor dating from the 18th century and a photograph of Tsuyo Kataoka; Kataoka survived the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945.

According to the original announcement of the partnership between the museum and the automaker, which began in 2008, the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries would showcase ethnographic and historical items, antiquities, and art objects that spanned ancient times to the modern era.

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When the partnership began, Yuko Ueno, senior executive vice president from Mitsubishi Corporation, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the British Museum, an internationally renowned museum of truly global significance. Mitsubishi Corporation has had a business presence in London for many decades, and this opportunity has given us the chance to give something back to our host city by playing a part in bringing Japan and its history to London, together with one of the most famous institutions in the world.”

News Source: The Art Newspaper, The British Museum