Special ExhibitionKeisuke Yamaguchi: Backing forward

Artist Keisuke Yamaguchi (1962- ) first attracted attention when he debuted his oversize copperplates of arks in the late 1980’s. Since then he has created works in different forms, including not only print art and engravings, but also paintings and three-dimensional works, with motifs ranging from flowers and seeds to the heart and the entire human body.
Meanwhile, the artist began keeping a daily journal on March 14, 2011, three days after the Great East Japan Earthquake. He later named the journal After the Quake: Notes, and has never missed a single day of keeping it ever since. In the journal, the artist painstakingly transcribes daily news articles with information about nuclear power generation, expressing his will to move forward on his feet against the steady stream of reality.
“Humans cannot see the future; we can only see the past or the present moment. So it is as if we are moving forward with our back first,” Yamaguchi once remarked. Recently, he has been committed to making large-size paintings with overlapping human faces, achieving ever-stronger imagery. The artist inspires us to search for a way to continue moving forward despite carrying the weight of the past and its memories, which have made it difficult just to move in a straight line.

Exhibition flyer(PDF:283KB)

Date June 8-September 4, 2019
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except July 15 and August 12),July 16 and August 13.
Admission Adults 1,000 (800) yen, University students 700 (600) yen, High school students and seniors [65 and over] 500 (400) yen
*Junior high school students and younger: Free admission
*Figures in parentheses: Advance purchase and groups of 30 or more
Organized by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chugoku Shimbun
In cooperation with Flower Shop MIYAMOTO, Tokunaga Rose
Supported by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, Hiroshima FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,
Onomichi FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.

Calder Hall Ship-ENOLA GAY 1994
Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City

Elephant Gage (Red) 1995

Light Tree / Particle and Edge of the Mountain 2005

Ark with Trees of Light1 2012

Two Faces coexisting, the world (core) 2017