[ 2017 Schedule ]

2017.04 - 2018.03

Special Exhibitions

March 23–May 20, 2018

NOBUYA ABE 1913-1971: Insatiable Quest beyond Borders

Nobuya Abe (1913-1971), an artist who was active before and after World War II, was acclaimed for Fairy’s Distance, a 1937 book of poems and pictures he made with Shuzo Takiguchi. He also demonstrated a prodigious talent for avant-garde photography. Passing through a bewildering number of stylistic changes after the war, from Surrealism to Art Informel to geometric abstraction, Abe was also instrumental in introducing Japan to new art trends from abroad. Abe developed a radical artistic practice based on an international perspective without limiting himself to a single sphere of activity. This exhibition examines the entire career of this versatile figure.

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December 22, 2017–March 4, 2018

Binding Threads / Expanding Threads: The Art of Creating “Between-ness”

Many works made with materials like thread, cloth, and fiber transcend both the genre of crafts and art. This exhibition, featuring 16 artists, introduces numerous works that are a product of each person’s encounter with these materials. Just as a piece of fabric consists of interwoven warp and weft, this exhibition, made up of displays by eight groups of artists, promises to be a space in which one person’s intentions intersect with those of another.

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September 29–December 3, 2017

Terunobu Fujimori: Architecture with Nature, and “ROJO”

Born in Chino, Nagano Prefecture, where he remained until graduating from high school, Terunobu Fujimori (b. 1946) attended Tohoku University and completed a post-graduate course at the University of Tokyo. After establishing himself as one of Japan’s foremost scholars of modern architectural and urban history, in 1991, Fujimori designed the Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum in Chino, marking his debut as an architect at the age of 44. Since then, he has continued to make buildings that actively incorporate natural materials and vegetation. In addition to models and photographs, this exhibition will introduce Fujimori’s ingenious architectural works through samples from roofs and walls, furniture, and a tearoom.

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July 29–October 15, 2017

The 10th Hiroshima Art Prize Mona Hatoum

The Hiroshima Art Prize was established to convey the “Spirit of Hiroshima” – the desire for peace – to the entire world through contemporary art. Mona Hatoum (b. 1952), the award’s tenth recipient, was born in Beirut to an exiled Palestinian family. During a short visit to London in 1975, she was forced to remain in England after civil war broke out in Lebanon. Her experience of double exile as well as references to gender issues and current political conflicts are articulated in her work through the use of multiple media of performance, video, sculpture and installation.
This exhibition, Hatoum’s first comprehensive solo show in Japan, includes a selection of her most important work as well as new pieces made specifically for Hiroshima.

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May 16–July 9, 2017

The Prolific World of TOGO MURANO: From the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace

Togo Murano (1891-1984), one of Japan’s preeminent architects, designed a host of individualistic buildings based on his unique architectural concepts. In 2006, Murano’s Memorial Cathedral for World Peace (1954), located in Hiroshima, became the first postwar building in Japan to be designated as an Important Cultural Property. Among this exhibition’s highlights will be a series of blueprints, illustrating various trials and errors that led up to the cathedral’s present form. In addition, this introduction to Murano’s wide-ranging work, created over a 60-year period, will include models and original drawings for numerous other buildings.

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Collection Exhibitions

October 28, 2017–February 4, 2018

2017-3 Collection Highlights & Special Feature: Recollections

This exhibition is made up of two parts: “Collection Highlights,” and a special display titled “Recollections.”
In “Collection Highlights,” consisting of a group of works that were specially selected from the museum collection, we introduce a diverse range of contemporary art expressions.
The special display “Recollections” is an attempt to consider things that are associated with the names of towns from the perspective of memory.

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June 3–September 10, 2017

2017-2 Collection Highlights & Special Feature: Forms of Light / Scenes of Light

This exhibition is made up of two parts: a special display titled Shapes of Light / Scenes of Light, and “Collection Highlights,” a selection of outstanding works from the collection.

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March 18–May 7, 2017

2017-1 Collection Highlights & Special Feature1: Experimental Film/Special Feature2: Various Silkscreens

This exhibition is composed of three parts: “Collection Highlights” plus the two special features “Experimental Films” and “Various Silkscreens.”
“Collection Highlights” will present a carefully curated selection of the Museum’s holdings, showcasing a diverse range of work focusing primarily on trend-setting practitioners of 20th-century American contemporary art.

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Open Programs

February 24–June 17, 2018

Yoko Ono, My Mommy is Beautiful

In 2011, an exhibition titled Yoko Ono: The Road of Hope 2011 was held to commemorate the fact that Yoko Ono was chosen to receive the 8th Hiroshima Prize.Ono’s work My Mommy is Beautiful, which was included in that exhibition, is a participatory piece in which visitors are invited to convey their feelings to their mother by writing directly on or attaching a piece of paper to a wall.
With Ono’s permission, we are pleased to once again present her work My Mommy is Beautiful. Please feel free to write a message to your mother on a piece of paper and attach it to the wall.

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February 17–March 4, 2018

Open Call for Design Ideas of “Hiroshima Brand” 2017

Open Call for “Hiroshima Brand” Designs 2017 invites members of the public to submit their own designs related to Hiroshima.The winning submissions will be displayed in the museum.

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October 28–November 19, 2017

Open Call for Art Project Ideas 2017

In this program, we open up the museum’s free public space and ask artists to submit their own work plan for the venue. Plans that pass the selection process will be exhibited publicly.

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August 11–September 24, 2017

Summer Workshop Project 2017
Nao Nishihara: May these sounds last forever

This space will enable visitors of all ages to experience the diverse range of expressions in contemporary art. Nao Nishihara is involved with many different activities, including sound-based art, performance, and musical instrument-making. The internationally active artist will create the space and hold workshops during the event.

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Video Art Programs

January 16-March 31, 2018

[The 59th Program] Erin Coates

Driving to the End of the Earth, 2016, color, sound, 11min.22sec.
Erin Coates uses the technique of digital synthesis to blend in footage shot by dashboard cameras, which she appropriates from TV news programs and YouTube videos, referencing the often unnatural quality of synthetic scenes in old movies while highlighting the gulf between the worlds inside and outside a moving vehicle.

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October 24-, 2017-January 14, 2018

[The 58th Program] Matt Rowe

Bad Omen, 2011, color, sound, 3min.58sec.
Archipelago Ghillie, 2016, color, sound, 1min.32sec.

As the title suggests, an ominous atmosphere pervades Bad Omen from beginning to end. The dense masses of long, thin strips shrouding the figure that appears in it are a common motif in Rowe’s works.

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August 1-October 22, 2017

[The 57th Program] Cécile Hartmann

Dubai rapidly developed as the economic hub of the Middle East, and skyscrapers and vast shopping malls rose at a dizzying pace. Cécile Altmann visited the city in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 global financial meltdown, and filmed in the city, where huge construction projects had been suspended.

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May 30-July 27, 2017

[The 56th Program] Luis Corzo

Ominous music begins, and we see a man dressed in black. A sign above a building entrance is in Hangul: this is evidently a city somewhere on the Korean Peninsula. Things move at a constant speed, as if the footage was shot from a moving vehicle.

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April 1-May 28, 2017

[The 55th Program] Isabelle Hayeur

Solastalgia, 2015, color, sound, 14min.45sec. Solastalgia, the title of this work, is a word coined by the Australian environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht. It expresses the sense of anxiety and distress we feel when a familiar place is transformed by climate change or environmental destruction. …

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