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Japan to Open in Israel Its First Fine Arts Exhibition Abroad

A Japanese professor disclosed here today that he will direct an all-Japanese fine arts gallery scheduled to open next March in the Israeli city of Haifa.

The professor is Tomozaburo Yamada of Tokyo’s Kyoritsu University. Yamada, member of the operating committee of Japan’s National Museum of Modern Arts, was offered the post by Felix Ticotin, a Dutch art merchant from The Hague who is sponsoring the Haifa gallery.

The gallery will be Japan’s first fine arts exhibition hall to open abroad. Haifa is expected to finance half the construction cost of the one-story, Japanese-style building. A Japanese artisan is expected to be asked to design the interior. A nine-man board of Japanese art leaders was formed in Tokyo this week-end to handle the Haifa project.