Matsukata Kojiro

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  • Born: 1865
  • Died: 1950

Matsukata Kôjirô was a one-time head of the Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation, and prominent art collector.

The third son of Prime Minister Matsukata Masayoshi, he took over control of the Kawasaki Corporation from its founder, Kawasaki Shôzô, in 1896.[1]

Matsukata's collection of European paintings and sculpture forms the core of the collection of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. A Northern Song Dynasty (possibly Xi Xia) sculpture of Guanyin today prominently displayed at the Honolulu Museum of Art also derives from Matsukata's collection.


  • Gallery label, Guanyin, Honolulu Museum of Art.
  1. Plaque at birthplace of Kawasaki Shôzô in Daikoku-chô, Kagoshima.[1]