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Winner of the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize


Winner of the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize Decided Ms. Mona Hatoum

The City of Hiroshima has selected the winner of the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize, Ms. Mona Hatoum (born 1952 in Lebanon).

About the Hiroshima Art Prize

The Hiroshima Art Prize, established by the City of Hiroshima in 1989, recognizes the achievements of artists who have contributed to the peace of all humanity in the field of art, and aims to appeal through art to the wider world for the spread of the “Spirit of Hiroshima,” which wishes for everlasting world peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons. This prize is awarded once every three years.

Profile of Mona Hatoum

Ms. Mona Hatoum was born in Beirut to an exiled Palestinian family. In 1975 she was forced to stay in England after civil war broke out in Lebanon while she was on a short visit to London. Her experience of double exile as well as references to gender issues and current political affairs are articulated in her work through the use of multiple media of performance, video, sculpture and installation.
Ms. Hatoum was nominated for the Turner Prize (UK) in 1995 and later participated in important international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennial and Documenta in Kassel. She has been active internationally, holding exhibitions at art museums around the world. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Joan Miro Prize (Spain).
A large-scale survey exhibition of Ms. Hatoum’s work was held at the Pompidou Centre in Paris from June to September of 2015, and next year will travel to Tate Modern in London and Kiasma in Helsinki.

Reason for Selection

Ms. Mona Hatoum deals with social contradictions, such as the suffering of alienated people or political oppression, based on her own complicated circumstances as a Palestinian exile. These creative endeavors greatly correspond with the aims of the Hiroshima Art Prize. Moreover, Ms. Hatoum was chosen due to our expectation that the commemorative exhibition will display her new works that will squarely address and deeply engage with “Hiroshima” as a universal issue.

The Hiroshima Art Prize Award Ceremony and Commemorative Exhibition

Summer – Fall 2017: The 10th Hiroshima Art Prize Award Ceremony and Commemorative Exhibition (Venue: Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art)

Message from the artist

I accept the prize with the deepest gratitude. I am greatly honoured and humbled to be associated with the ideals of world peace for all humanity that the “Spirit of Hiroshima” stand for.

Hiroshima’s experience brings to mind a very sad and low point in human history. However, the resilience and rebuilding of the city after its total annihilation, embodies the spirit of hope that inspires us all.

Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum
Photo by Jim Rakate ©2006

Hot Spot III, 2009
Photo Agostino Osio
Courtesy Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice

Paravent, 2008 and Daybed, 2008
Exhibition view at Kunstmuseum St Gallen
Photo Stefan Rohner
Courtesy Kunstmuseum St Gallen

Cells, 2014
Photo Joerg Lohse
Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York

Cellules, 2012-2013
Undercurrent (red), 2008 and YOU ARE STILL HERE, 2013
Exhibition view at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Photo Florian Kleinefenn
Courtesy Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

The deatails about the Hiroshima Art Prize


This project aims to honor the achievements of artists and extol the possibilities of contemporary art and expression by awarding the Hiroshima Art Prize to the candidate who best expresses the “Spirit of Hiroshima.” A subsequent solo exhibition of the winner’s work will be held at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, which will increase awareness of both the artist’s work and the mission of the Hiroshima Art Prize and its significance.

Selection criteria

1. An individual or a group actively engaged in art worldwide (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, design, fashion, etc.)
2. An individual or a group engaged in creative activities related to the “Spirit of Hiroshima” or peace, and whose achievements are considered to correspond to the purpose of the Hiroshima Art Prize.
3. An individual or a group whose achievements are considered to be appropriate for exhibition.
4. There are no restrictions on nationality or age.

Selection procedures

The artists recommended by the Hiroshima Art Prize Candidates Recommending Committee, consisting of museum directors and art critics from various countries, and the Hiroshima Art Prize Special Recommending Committee, consisting of past winners of the Hiroshima Art Prize, are presented to the Hiroshima Art Prize Selecting Committee, made up of Japanese museum directors and art critics, and the potential recipients are selected. The Hiroshima Art Prize Recipient Selecting Council, made up of intellectuals and art experts, selects the prize recipient based upon the results of this selection.

Past recipients

* The 1st: Issey Miyake (fashion/ Awarded in 1989)
* The 2nd: Robert Rauschenberg (fine art/Awarded in 1992)
* The 3rd: Nancy Spero & Leon Golub (fine art/Awarded in 1995)
* The 4th: Krzysztof Wodiczko (fine art/ Awarded in 1998)
* The 5th: Daniel Libeskind (architecture/ Awarded in 2001)
* The 6th: Shirin Neshat (fine art/ Awarded in 2004)
* The 7th: Cai Guo-Qiang (fine art/ Awarded in 2007)
* The 8th: Yoko Ono (fine art/ Awarded in 2010)
* The 9th: Doris Salcedo (fine art/ Awarded in 2013)

The 1st Hiroshima Art Prize

The 4th Hiroshima Art Prize
Public Projection, Hiroshima

The 7th Hiroshima Art Prize
Unmanned Garden

The 8th Hiroshima Art Prize
YOKO ONO, 2011
The Doors, Negai