( dpa ) - The German state of North Rhine Westphalia is to send 70 art treasures including works by Picasso to Japan later this year, officials said Wednesday.
The whole "master works" section of the North Rhine Westphalia Art Museum is to be shown in Nagoya, Tokyo and Kobe, the first time the whole department has been allowed to go abroad.
A spokesman in Dusseldorf said the touring collection would include seven items by Pablo Picasso and 27 by Paul Klee.
The tour, beginning October 18, lasts till May 31, 2009. While the works are away, the museum will be renovated and extended. That closure runs from the end of April till autumn next year.
Other items on loan will include Marc Chagall's 1911 painting, Opposing Player, and works by Franz Marc and Joan Miro.
The Dusseldorf museum, founded in 1961, is a key collector of classic modern art and post-war US painting.