Special ExhibitionHiroshima Trilogy: 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing
Part III Discordant Harmony

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.

“Discordant Harmony” aims to widen the opportunities for dialogue concerning the ever-changing state of “harmony” in the East Asian region via artworks, research and other activities.
East Asia is the scene of lively and mutually attractive and influential personal and cultural exchanges, but at the same time it is a region beset by never-ending political conflicts. The “harmony” of this exhibition is a movement consciously seeking to build a cooperative framework, and at times can manifest as pressure in opposition to diversity. At this exhibition we view the works created by the artists as mirrors reflecting an age in the midst of change, and through artistic expression closely linked to society we seek to explore the here and now of East Asia from the ground of Hiroshima.
Just as a single historical phenomenon can be understood diferently if viewed from different positions, today there is an increasing demand for the imagination to recognize and accept that there are diverse perspectives on all things. In Hiroshima, where the ravages of the A-bomb attack are part of the city’s memory, by looking back on the past and thinking about the future, we will consider through art the issues affecting society today that will help us cultivate new relationships.

*In 2013 The Goethe-Institut invited curators from Japan, China and Korea to explore the notion of “harmony” often attributed to Asia. The exhibition is the result of this endeavor. It was first presented in Seoul and will travel to Taipei in July 2016.
Discordant Harmony web site (Goethe-Institut)


Chen Chieh-Jen, Chiba Masaya, Ham Yang Ah, Hao Jingban, siren eun young jung, Kim Sora,
Koo Jeong A, Kwon Byung Jun, Lee Kit, Leung Chi Wo, Liu Ding, Takamine Tadasu, Tanaka Koki,
Teng Chao-Ming, Wu Tsang, Yoneda Tomoko

Date December 19, 2015-March 6, 2016
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except January 11), January 12, December 27-January 1
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
Organized by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chugoku Shimbun
Presented by Goethe-Institut
Supported by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, Hiroshima FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd., Onomichi FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd.
Exhibition equipment support Panasonic Corporation

Artists’ Relay Talk

Date & Time: Saturday December 19, 10:30–12:00
*Admission free (exhibition ticket required)
*No booking necessary

A Round Table about East Asia

Date & Time: Saturday December 19, 14:00–16:00
Venue: Museum Studio
Artists/ Chen Chieh-Jen, Chiba Masaya, siren eun young jung, Lee Kit, Leung Chi Wo, Liu Ding, Tanaka Koki
Curators/ Kim Sunjung, Kamiya Yukie, Huang Chien-Hung, Carol Yinghua Lu
*Admission free (exhibition ticket required)
*No booking necessary

Live Performance

Kwon Byung Jun “The Weeping Bells”
Date & Time: Sunday December 20, 13:30–14:00
*Admission free (exhibition ticket required)
*No booking necessary
siren eun young jung “I am Not Going to Sing”
Date & Time: Sunday December 20, 14:30–15:00
*Admission free (exhibition ticket required)
*No booking necessary


Chen Chieh-Jen
Empire's Borders ll ―Western Enterprises, Inc., 2010
Courtesy of the artist

Hao Jingban
I Can't Dance, 2015
Courtesy of the artist

Koo Jeong A
Why do you do what you do 2015
Installation view of "Discordant Harmony", Art Sonje Center,
Photo by Sang-tae Kim

Chiba Masaya
Vomiting Head, 2011
Courtesy of the artist and ShugoArts

siren eun young jung
Image sketch for I am Not Going to Sing , 2015
Courtesy of the artist

Wu Tsang
Shape of A Right Statement 2008
Courtesy of the artist