[ 2017 Schedule ]

2017.04 - 2018.03

Special Exhibitions

March 18- May 21, 2017

Tadashi Tonoshiki: the Source of a Compelling Reversal

Self-taught, Hiroshima-born artist Tadashi Tonoshiki (1942-1992) was heralded for meticulously executed paintings and prints in which he dealt with his and his parents’ experiences of the atomic bomb. In later years, based on a critical view of contemporary consumer society, Tonoshiki created dynamic installations using waste and flotsam as materials. Then, just as anticipation was running high for his work, he suddenly died at the age of 50. Looking back on Tonoshiki’s career on the 25th anniversary of the artist’s death, this exhibition attempts to determine his significance in the present day.

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

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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Kurihyappon, La Collina
© Nacása & Partners Inc.

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 45. 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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Keisuke Nomaguchi (nui project), Shirt, 2004-06
Collection of SHOBU GAKUEN

December 22, 2017 - March 4, 2018

Binding Threads / Expanding Threads

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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Nobuya Abe, Mass Production, 1962

March 23, 2018 -

Nobuya Abe

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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Collection Exhibitions

March 18- May 7, 2017

2017-1 Collection Highlights & Special Feature: “Experimental Film”/”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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June 3 – September 10, 2017


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October 28, 2017 - February 4, 2018


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Open Programs

Nao Nishihara, Bling Bling, 2016 [Installation view] “Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice,” Mori Art Museum, 2016
Photo: Kazuyuki Funaki

August 11 – September 24, 2017

Summer Workshop Project 2017_ Nao Nishihara

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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October 28日 - 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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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.

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Video Art Programs

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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