Special ExhibitionHiroshima Trilogy: 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing
Part2 A Bird’s-eye View of the World

In observing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art is holding a trilogy of exhibitions examining Hiroshima from three perspectives—its past as a city destroyed by an atomic bomb, its path of reconstruction, and its present and future.

In August, seventy years ago in Hiroshima, photographs taken from high elevations revealed the extent of the city’s devastation by an atomic bomb. The “bird’s-eye view” plan designed thereafter by architect Kenzo Tange, which included Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, expressed a clear future vision for Hiroshima as a city symbolic of peace. This exhibition takes two Hiroshimas seen from the sky—the city in devastation and in reconstruction—as a point of departure in examining artworks that look comprehensively from a “bird’s-eye view” on cities and places in order to ponder their past and present.
When we look down from a high elevation on a place or things normally seen from eye level, aspects we never noticed come into view and we see an overall picture of that place or thing. Today—a time of chaos and anxiety about the future—we need more than ever to take a “bird’s-eye view,” for only with an overall grasp of our situation can we discover the proper direction in which to proceed.


Jananne Al-Ani
1966 Born in Kirkuk, Iraq
Lives and works in London, UK

Matthew Day Jackson
1974 Born in Panorama City, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA

Charles and Ray Eames
1907 Charles Eames born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
1912 Bernice Kaiser (“Ray”) born in Sacrament, California, USA
1978 Charles Eames dies in St. Louis, USA
1988 Ray Eames dies in Los Angeles, USA

Shigeo Hayashi
1918 Born in Kamiosaki, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Dies in Tokyo, Japan

Naoki Honjo
1978 Born in Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Chiba, Japan

Tadashi Ishihara
1937 Born in Hokkaido, Japan
2005 Dies in Osaka, Japan

Le Corbusier
1887 Born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
1965 Dies in Cap-Martin, France

Shu-Kai Lin 
1983 Born in Tainan City, Taiwan
Lives in Tainan

1963 Born in Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

Oscar Oiwa
1965 Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lives and works in New York, USA

Nipan Oranniwesna
1962 Born in Bangkok, Thailand
Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand

Kenzo Tange
1913 Born in Osaka, Japan
2005 Dies in Tokyo, Japan

Yamaguchi Akira
1969 Born in Tokyo, and grown up in Kiryu City, Gunma, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

Hatsusaburo Yoshida
1884 Born in Kyoto, Japan
1955 Dies in Kyoto, Japan


Date October 10-Desember 6, 2015
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except October 12, November 23), October 13, November 24
Admission Adults 1,030 (820) yen, university students 720 (620) yen, high school students and seniors[65 and over] 510 (410) yen
*Figures in parentheses: Advance purchase and groups of 30 or more
*Junior high school students and younger: Free admission
*All free admission on November 3
Organized by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chugoku Shimbun
Supported by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, Hiroshima FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd., Onomichi FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd.

Matthew Day Jackson
August 6th, 1945, 2009
Private Collection, Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM

Shigeo Hayashi
South view from the rooftop of the Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 1945
©The Estate of Shigeo Hayashi Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Shu-Kai Lin
The Civilization of Balcony City Series - The City of A Reborn Life, 2015
©Shu-Kai Lin, Courtesy of the artist

JP-34 01, 2015

Nipan Oranniwesna
City of Ghost, 2009
©Nipan Oranniwesna, Courtesy of the artist

Kenzo Tange
Photo of the Plan of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, 1949
Collection of Hiroshima Municipal Archives

Yamaguchi Akira
Scenes of Kurashiki and Kotohira, 2005
©Yamaguchi Akira, Collection of Ohara Museum of Art
Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery Photo by Kei Miyajima