Special Reopening Exhibition

2023.3.18(Sat) — 6.18(Sun)

It is with great pleasure that the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art presents Before/After, a special exhibition commemorating the completion of a major renovation project at the museum that was conducted over a period of some two years and three months. The exhibition, employing the entire facility as a display venue, provides us with an opportunity to introduce a complete view of the museum, including important aspects that have been retained and others that have been changed. The post-renovation building includes a number of alterations. This has served as an impetus to examine a wide range of before-and-after phenomena and situations. For example, while age-related changes in material and deterioration would normally be viewed negatively, we have intentionally taken a positive approach to them. Meanwhile, although atomic power was utilized as a nuclear weapon, it was later believed that the technology would bring about greater global prosperity as a source of energy. In reviewing history, we come to realize that there were several events, decisions, and changes that can be seen as turning points in this prosess. Through the artists' keen eyes and historical perspectives, this exhibition will examine the before and after as well as the in-between and overlapping elements in a variety of subjects. By inviting a group of artists whose practices seemed well suited to inquiries of this kind, we have arrived at an exhibition combining works that were selected from the museum collection with new works that the artists made specifically for this occasion. These before-and-after experiences are certain to trigger some kind of change within you, if only a very slight one. This and much more awaits you at the new Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

List of artist

Ay-O, Miyako Ishiuchi, Kosho Ito, Kakuzo Inoue, Oscar Oiwa, Taro Okamoto, Dennis Oppenheim, Yoko Ono, On Kawara, KOHMIYUKI, Go Shigi, Goro Shikoku, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Rebirth Typography Project (Yoshihide Okazawa, Tsuyoshi Okamoto+), Kumi Sugai, SUPERFLEX, Nancy Spero, Keiko Sasaoka, Sen Takahashi, Ryosaku Takayama, Kei aTakemura, Koki Tanaka, Yuichiro Tamura, Cai Guo-Qiang, Hiromi Tsuchida, Bontaro Dokuyama, Tadashi Tonoshiki, 2m26, Shirin Neshat, Dara Birnbaum, Chimei Hamada, John Baldessari, Naoya Hirata, Fumiaki Fukita, Keith Haring, Eikoh Hosoe, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Kunzo Minami, Keigo Miyagawa, Henry Moore, Yasumasa Morimura, Kenji Yanobe, Nami Yokoyama, Isamu Wakabayashi, Reijiro Wada

Viewing Naoya Hirata's Virtual-Reality (VR) Works

One of Naoya Hirata's works requires the use of VR goggles. If you would like to view this work, please fill out the reservation form below prior to visiting the museum. If there are any open times available, you can also make a reservation on the day of your visit.

*Please book one person at a time.
*Viewing time is approx. 20 min.
*You must be 13+ to try VR headset.

Shirin Neshat, Land of Dreams, 2019
Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery
© Shirin Neshat

KOHMIYUKI, Stand up! Series / Running Dog, Floating Elephant, 2019
Installation view at Setouchi International Art Festival 2019 / Shodoshima, Santo Peninsula

Naoya Hirata, Repetition game, 2017

Nami Yokoyama, LOVE, 2022
Photo: Hayato Wakabayashi

Reijiro Wada, FORBIDDEN FRUIT (detail), 2016
Installation view at Centre International des Récollets, Paris
Photo: Martin Argyroglo

Bontaro Dokuyama, Long Way Home, 2022
© Bontaro DOKUYAMA

Kei Takemura,
left: Renovated: Light Bulb from G.Museum, 2019
right: Renovated: T’s Family’s Light Bulb, 2019
Photo: Shinya Kigure

Sen Takahashi, Cast and Rot No.13, 2021
Photo: Ichiro Mishima
Courtesy of LEESAYA

Miyako Ishiuchi, The Drowned#2, 2020
Courtesy of The Third Gallery Aya
© Ishiuchi Miyako

Yuichiro Tamura, His Serpentine, 2019
30th Anniversary Exhibition: The Seven Lamps of The Art Museum, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo:Kenichi Hanada

On Kawara, SEPT. 8, 1984 Today series (1966–2013)
© One Million Years Foundation

Yoko Ono, Dream, 2012

Isamu Wakabayashi, DOME, 1988

Koki Tanaka, everything is everything, 2005-2006


Exhibition Period
2023.3.18(Sat) — 6.18(Sun)
Opening Hours

*Admission until 30 minutes before closing

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art GalleryA, B
Adults 1,600 (1,250) yen, University Students 1,200 (900) yen, High School Students and Seniors (65 and over) 800 (600) yen
*Price in parentheses is that of advance ticket and a group of 30 or more
*Free for children under Junior High School age

Organized by
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Supported by
Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, The Chugoku Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, The Mainichi Newspapers, THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN, Japan Broadcasting Corporation Hiroshima Station, RCC BROADCASTING CO.,LTD., TSS-TV CO.,LTD., Hiroshima Television Corporation, Hiroshima Home Television Co.,Ltd., HIROSHIMA FM BROADCASTING CO.,LTD., Onomichi FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
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