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July 17, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Much of Yugoslavia's largest private art collection--amassed by a controversial dealer who once claimed he was an art adviser to the Nazis in World War II--goes on exhibit today. About 1,500 paintings, glass, china and marble sculptures and works by Peter Paul Rubens, Raffaelo Santi, Diego Velazquez and Edgar Degas going on display at the Mimara Museum in downtown Zagreb are part of a collection of 3,754 pieces said to date from 3,000 B.C. to the 20th Century. The collection was donated to Zagreb, capital of Yugoslavia's western state of Croatia, in 1973 by Ante Topic Mimara, an art collector who reportedly claimed he had served as an art adviser to Nazi Germany air force chief Herman Goering.

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