- 2016-2 Collection Highlights & the Special Display: “Contempsorary Art of ‘Hirohima’”
This exhibition is made up of two parts: “Collection Highlights” and a special display called “Contemporary Art of ‘Hiroshima’”.
In the first half, we present a selection of works from the collection to illustrate various trends in contemporary art and a diverse range of artistic expressions. In the second half, we examine the theme of the destruction wrought by the atomic bomb, and how it affected history and contemporary society, as seen through contemporary art.
- 1945±5: War and Reconstruction – How Artists Faced the Turbulent Period
In the 1940s, Japan plunged headlong into the Pacific War and continued fighting until it was defeated in 1945. Over the next five years while occupied by Allied Forces, the country experienced a variety of ups and downs as it moved forward with a variety of reforms and restoration projects. Based on approximately 200 works (primarily Western-style paintings, but also Japanese-style paintings, sculptures, documents, etc.) by some 70 artists, this exhibition attempts to ascertain what kind of art was made during the period and how it was linked to society. Viewers will be presented with a complete picture of Japanese art from the 1940s, a period marked by a wide range of intersecting perspectives and positions.