TOKYO (majirox news) — Yoko Ono, Tadanori Yokoo, Yayoi Kusama and other renowned artists will take part in a charity auction to help the museums in Tohoku and North-Kanto that were damaged in the recent disaster.
The Japanese Council of Art Museums and over 400 artists are providing artwork free of charge to be sold at the auction. Money raised from the auction will be used to repair the museums and restore their damaged art collections.
Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami caused extensive damage to the museums and galleries. Many collections were lost or submerged, and the number of damaged pieces amounted to more than ten thousand. Some of the museum workers were swept away by the tsunami and drowned.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs has organized the Cultural Heritage Rescue Project to help repair the museum’s damages. However, the Project is not yet official and there are problems such as the repair estimates sometimes exceeding budgets.
“There are museums in disaster-stricken areas with damaged collections, but we had to stop repair operations, because there wasn’t enough money in the budget,” said Masanori Aoyagi, chairman of the Japanese Council of Art Museums. “We want to help them to restore their collections to the state they were in before the disaster, so that the art can ease the suffering of the people in the area.”
The charity auction will be held through Oct. 9 at the Tokyo Art Club.