[ 2019 Schedule ]

2019.04 - 2020.03

Special Exhibitions

December 21,2019 - March 1, 2020

A Bright Home

The concept of “family” in Japan was shaped by a translation of the English word just as the country was moving into the modern era. This also added value to the “home.” After World War II, due in part to the introduction of home economics education, the ordinary home was recast as a place that was independently related to society. Today, the nature of family and home continue to grow increasingly diverse. While retracing their history and other conditions, this exhibition sets out to question and shed light on the state of family and the home in contemporary Japan.

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Ryuzaburo Shikiba with Nishoutei from Nishoutei-kitan, Shoshinsha, 1939

March 14 - May 17, 2020

Ryuzaburo Shikiba: Mirrors of Cerebral Ventricles (tentative)

While employed as a physician and managing a hospital, the psychiatrist Ryuzaburo Shikiba (1898-1965) studied and popularized the work of a number of artists in Japan, including that of Vincent van Gogh. Shikiba exerted a tremendous influence on the culture through an extremely enlightened and diverse range of activities. These included his involvement in Muneyoshi Yanagi’s research on the sculptor Mokujiki and the Mingei movement; his introduction of Nishoutei, a strange building that once stood in the Fukagawa district of Tokyo; and his pioneering advocacy of outsider art. In this exhibition, we took an all-encompassing look at Shikiba’s endeavors by examining artworks from his collection other documents.

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September 18 - December 8, 2019


As you look back at the history of architecture, you discover a host of outstanding concepts that never reached completion and stimulating ideas that were deliberately limited to proposals. Focusing on unfinished architecture projects by about 40 Japanese and foreign architects and artists since the 20th century, this exhibition interprets blueprints, models, films, and other related documents in an effort to envision as yet unseen examples of new buildings. These include structures, which despite being technically feasible, were never executed due to social conditions and restrictions; and proposals that placed greater emphasis on making a critical statement against existing institutions than realizing an actual building. The exhibition promises to provide an opportunity to consider visionary architectre for the future.

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June 8 - September 4, 2019

Keisuke Yamaguchi: Backing forward

In the late 1980s, the artist Keisuke Yamaguchi (b. 1962) suddenly rose to fame for his large print works depicting arks. He subsequently explored motifs such as flowers, seeds, hearts, and the human body in a variety of works, including paintings and three-dimensional pieces. Three days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Yamaguchi began a diary titled After the Quake: Notes, which he has continued to write without missing a day. According to the artist, “People can’t see the future. We can only see the past and the present moment, so it’s as if we’re moving forward while facing backward.” In this exhibition, we trace the trajectory of Yamaguchi’s career and introduce some of his latest works, which make use of the motif of overlapping faces.

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March 9–May 26, 2019

30th Anniversary Exhibition: The Seven Lamps of The Art Museum

The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art was established in 1989, the first public art museum in Japan devoted exclusively to contemporary art. This exhibition marking its 30th anniversary primarily features works acquired for the museum’s collection thus far, and traces the arc of our activities and the museum building that serves as their foundation. With keywords as lamps that illuminate the way forward, we look back on our path thus far and re-examine the role that museums should play and the factors that support their activities.

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Collection Exhibitions

June 5 – October 6, 2019

2019-1 Collection Highlights & Special Feature: An Inner LandscapeⅠ―Landscapes and Memories

The exhibition consists of two sections: “Collection Highlights,” and a special feature titled “An Inner Landscape I: Landscapes and Memories.”

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October 19, 2019 - February 2, 2020

2019-2 Collection Highlights & Special Feature: An Inner LandscapeⅡ―Symbols and Abstractions

The exhibition consists of two parts, the first entitled “Collection Highlights,” and the second a Special Feature titled “An Inner LandscapeⅡ: Symbols and Abstractions.”

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Open Programs

November 2 - November 17, 2019

Open Call for Art Project Ideas 2019

Open Call for Art Project Ideas is an open program in which artists are invited to show their work in a free public space at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima MOCA). The program accepts proposals from both Japan – and foreign-based artists that are designed for a space outside the galleries in the museum (designed by Kisho Kurokawa) and that make the most of the space’s special characteristics. An important point in judging the works will be how well the space and work draw out each other’s attractive qualities. Any type of work is acceptable – painting, sculpture, installation, performance, etc. Winning works, selected by a panel of judges, will be shown in an exhibition in November 2019. For details, please visit the official competition website (only in Japanese).

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October 1 - October 20, 2020

Carp Swim

This year marks 400 years since Asano Nagaakira (the first head of the Asano clan and lord of the Hiroshima Domain) assumed control of Hiroshima Castle. As part of a variety of events that are being held to commemorate this landmark in and outside the city, we present a small exhibit and workshop by Kanae Ohgi and Kaoru Hirano. The female artists’ inspiration was derived from the castle’s nickname, “Carp Castle.”

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August 3 – September 29, 2019

Summer Open Lab: Tiles, Small Shrine and Tourism season6

In 2014, Ken Tanimoto (b. 1973) and Yuta Nakamura (b. 1983) launched an ongoing project called Tiles, Small Shrine and Tourism, in which they examine roadside shrines and indigenous beliefs, and shed light on ecology from the perspective of tourism. Based on studies of local history and things, Tanimoto and Nakamura’s works are tinged with a unique sense of humor. In this exhibition, they present the results of their research in Hiroshima.

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February 8 - February 24, 2020

Open Call for Design Ideas of “Hiroshima Brand” 2019

The museum’s 2019 Hiroshima Brand competition is an open program in which the public is invited to submit Hiroshima-related design proposals – the best works will be shown in an exhibition. The competition focuses on ideas for new Hiroshima brands that deal with local specialties, natural features, and culture from the perspective of design. Along with an outstanding idea, proposals should include a plan to effectively convey the allure of the design in a display. Winning works, selected by a panel of judges, will be shown in an exhibition in February 2020. For details, please visit the official competition website (only in Japanese).


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Video Art Programs

[The 67th Program] Aurèle Ferrier

Aurele Ferrier’s work deals with urban infrastructure, which we have a tendency to ignore, despite the fact that it is so closely related to our daily lives. Initially, the camera moves forward at a fixed speed through a construction site, where a building is in the process of being erected, and captures the concrete, a symbol of urban infrastructure, in close-up.

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[The 66th Program] Tabita Rezaire

By analyzing the political nature of technology, Tabita Rezaire uses video as an interface to provide the viewer with “decolonial healing.” In addition to raising questions about Western authority, Rezaire’s work attempts to liberate people from technology and create links between our bodies through spiritualism.

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[The 65th Program] Gianluca Abbate

Over the years, people have devised various means of capturing a panoramic view of the world including paintings and photographs. Although this work, a hodgepodge of computer graphics and a flood of Internet images, employs the latest digital technology, the video has an incongruous patchwork-like feel, somehow exuding the atmosphere of an old-fashioned panorama.

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April 2 –June 16, 2019

[The 64th Program] AUJIK

This work depicts concrete organisms suddenly forcing their way into a familiar urban landscape filled with high-rise buildings. They must have originally been intended as spaces for human beings to live and carry out their daily activities, but now the organisms are gradually dividing and proliferating, and turning into twisted organic bodies that move around.

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