Special ExhibitionHiroshima Trilogy: 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing
Part1 Life=Work

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.

The first offering, “Life = Work,” opens with A-bomb Drawings by Survivors depicting actual experiences of the atomic bombing. On this footing, it then examines the work of 13 artists whose art deeply reflects their past experience, method of living, or life as a whole. The works in some cases arise from the artist’s own tragic experience related to the atomic blast, war, or loss of loved ones. In others, the artist has no direct experience of an event but seeks to find a connection with it in his or her own life. In many cases, they are works the artist has devoted a lifetime to creating.
As an exhibition directly linking life experience with art, “Life = Work” casts light on the sources of creative expression and reveals how an artwork—as a crystallization of the artist’s life—has a power to convey that individual’s experience. Then, by demonstrating art’s power to transcend time and cultural barriers for sharing by people everywhere, “Life = Work” shows what art can achieve.

Yasuo Kazuki, Shin Miyazaki, Goro Shikoku, Aya Daido, Tadashi Tonoshiki, Miyako Ishiuchi,
Yasuka Goto, Tadayoshi Irino, Shigeo Egami, Yoshio Yoshimura, Tomoharu Murakami,
Tomoya, Hiroyuki Oki
Notes on Artists & Work(PDF:410KB)

Date July 18-September 27, 2015
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except July 20, September 21), July 21, September 24

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
Supported by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, Hiroshima FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd., Onomichi FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd.

Akira Onogi, A woman pinned under a pillar and her little daughter crying for help, c.1974, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Yasuo Kazuki, Man Carrying, 1960, Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum

Tadashi Tonoshiki, Shakukanryoshinshi (Iron Helmet), 1977, Private collection