A woman smartphones traditional Japanese Kyogen masks during the exhibition "Jacques Chirac ou le dialogue des cultures" at Paris' Musee du Quai Branly, June 20, 2016. AFP/Patrick Kovarik
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Chirac fought a long battle with France's museum establishment to pool their non-European collections.A new show at the museum tracing Chirac's lifelong fascination with indigenous art will feature an 18th-century Japanese Buaku theater mask that bears an uncanny resemblance to the retired politician.Now 83, Chirac was too unwell to attend the opening of the show, which includes works from his own private collection.A decade on from its opening, some of the museum's critics still bemoan the "brutal manner" in which hundreds of thousands of objects were taken from four other Parisian museums to fill it.Chirac's daughter Claude said the former president has hardly missed an exhibition since the museum opened in 2006 .
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