Japanese visitors look at the Gold Fish, a 1912 masterpiece by French painter Henri Matisse, during a preview of the exhibition 'Masterworks of French Impressionism and Modernism
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Art in Tokyo a global 'tour de force'

28 March 2013 Last updated at 09:51 GMT

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum attracted 10,573 visitors a day, the highest attendance of any gallery in the world, the Art Newspaper says.

With exhibitions containing Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and works by Rembrandt, Hals and Van Dyck attracted visitors ahead of those in the US or the UK.

Speaking to Today presenter Sarah Montague, arts editor Will Gompertz discusses the annual survey and explains why, while the classics dominated the leading exhibitions in Japan, the leading ­museums of New York, London and Paris were all lead by contemporary and modern art.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 28 March 2013.