The Hiroshima Art Prize was established by the City of Hiroshima to recognize the achievements of artists who spread the “Spirit of Hiroshima,” which seeks everlasting world peace, and aim to appeal to a wider world through contemporary art. Ms. Doris Salcedo has been selected as the winner of the 9th Hiroshima Art Prize. She is an artist who has consistently expressed her view that art has the potential power of strong resistance to the widespread violence and discrimination in the world. She will present two large-scale installations that completely transform spaces into places of mourning for the dead, quietly recognizing the tragedy of Hiroshima, an incident of violence unprecedented in human history, and incorporating the hope of rebirth.

Exhibition Information

Duration July 19-October 13, 2014
Opening hours

10:00-17:00(Last admission 16:30)

*10:00-19:00(July 20 and 21, October 12 and 13)

Closed Mondays(Except July 21, September 15 and October 13), July 22 and September 16
Admission charges

Adults 1,030 (820) yen, College Students 720 (620) yen,
High School Students and Senior [65 and over] 510 (410) yen

*Figures in brackets ( ) are the charges for advance-purchase and groups of 30 or more persons.

Organizers Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Asahi Shimbun
Sanctioned by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, RCC Broad Casting Co.,Ltd.,
Hiroshima Television Co.,Ltd., Hiroshima Home Television Co.,Ltd., TSS-TV Co,.Ltd.,
Hiroshima FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd., Onomichi FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd.

About the Hiroshima Art Prize

Established by the City of Hiroshima in 1989, the Hiroshima Art Prize recognizes the achievements of artists who have contributed to the peace of humanity in the field of contemporary art, and through contemporary art aims to appeal to a wider world and the spread the “Spirit of Hiroshima,” which seeks everlasting world peace.This prize is awarded once every three years.


Reason for Selection

Ms. Salcedo has created works that are concerned with the victims of violence, transcend mourning death, incorporating the hope of rebirth. Her exhibition using original methods to appeal to the viewer and highlight in a modern context the tragedy of the violence of Hiroshima, unprecedented in human history, is eagerly anticipated. Therefore, the judges feel her work is consistent with the aims of the Hiroshima Art Prize.


Photo by Rui Gaudêncio, 2011

Doris Salcedo

Profile of Doris Salcedo

From the early 1990s, Doris Salcedo participated in international art exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, and received international critical praise for her works which quietly evoke the memory of victims of violence using everyday household furniture and clothes and restoring them through sculpture, in addition to her large-scale installations which completely transform spaces into places of mourning for the dead. She received further praise in 2007 for her installation at the Tate Modern in London, which consisted of a 167 meter-long fissure in the floor.

Selected Biography

1958 Born in Bogotá, Colombia
1980 BFA, Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano
1984 MA, New York University
1989-91 Professor of Sculpture and Art Theory, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
2010 Premio “Velázquez” de lasArtesPlásticas, The Spanish Ministry of Culture
Currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Selected Exhibitions

1993 Aperto 93, Biennale di Venezia
1998-99 Unland/Doris Salcedo, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; SITE Santa Fe, NM
2002 Documenta 11, Kassel
2003 8th International Istanbul Biennial
2007 Shibboleth, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
2010-13 Plegaria Muda, MuseoUniversitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; ModernaMuseet, Malmö; FundaçãoCalousteGulbenkian, Lisbon; MuseoNazionaledellaarti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome; White Cube, London; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

1550 Chairs Stacked Between Two City Buildings, 2003, 8th Istanbul Biennial Photo by Sergio Clavijo

Shibboleth, 2007, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London Photo by Marcus Leith/ Andrew Dunkley

Message from the artist

Let me begin thanking you and the committee of the Hiroshima Art Prize for granting my work with such prestigious award. I accept gratefully and humbly this prize that represents not only a recognition to my work but the responsibility to continue addressing the experience of victims of human violence, so their suffering will not be forgotten.
Hiroshima is without any doubt, after the painful and awful experiences it suffered, one of our ethical bastion, and an example of endurance and resilience that has become an inspiration for us all.

Doris Salcedo


Photo: Patrizia Tocci

Plegaria Muda, 2008-10

This piece is dedicated to the anonymous young victims of violence. In this work, tables with virtually the same dimensions as coffins are stacked upside down atop other tables, with dirt in between. The space, filled with over 100 of these constructions in orderly rows, becomes a silent cemetery inviting viewers to mourn the dead. From cracks in the boards, grass is growing out of the earth, quietly invoking the eternal recurrence of life that transcends mourning and loss.

Photo: Joerg Lohse

A Flor de Piel, 2014

Salcedo created this piece by stitching together an enormous number of red rose petals. This unique method is an interpretation of the practice of offering flowers for the dead. The faint scent of roses envelops viewers, transforming the venue into a tranquil place of prayer. At the same time, the surface formed from overlapping red petals resembles raw flesh from which the skin has been peeled, and upon noticing this, the viewer is reminded of the misery wrought by violence and conflict.



  • Greetings from the Organizers
  • Greetings from Mayor of Hiroshima
    Kazumi Matsui
  • Foreword
    Shuji Takashina
    Director, Ohara Museum of Art
    Chair, 9th Hiroshima Art Prize Recipient Selecting Council
  • Silent Prayer
    Doris Salcedo
  • Works
  • Doris Salcedo: The Material Wound
    Mary Schneider Enriquez
    Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art,
    Harvard Art Museums
  • For No One
    Motoko Suhama
    Senior Curator, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Biography
  • List of Works
  • Outline of the Hiroshima Art Prize



Design: Rie Shimoda Size: 182×257mm
Price: 2300yen ISBN:978-4-939105-36-4
Page: 120 Publish: Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art