Collection Exhibition 2023-Ⅱ
Collection Highlights + Collection Relations [Guest Artists: Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi]

2023.11.25(Sat) — 2024.4.7(Sun)

Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi, When I was 11 ..., 2021
Photo: Tsutomu Koiwa
Image courtesy of Sendai Mediatheque

"Collection Highlights” showcases selected works that represent the museum’s collection. “Collection Relations” is an attempt to go beyond the existing collection through exhibitions reflecting our collections, the collection policies, or the characteristics of Hiroshima.
*Works will be replaced during the exhibition

Collection Highlights

◯Artist/ Style

Artists explore their own themes to cultivate the original creative spectrum. Characteristics of each artist emerge in the process, although how it appears differs individually. Some artists focus on one theme throughout their careers, while others develop unique techniques in creating the works. Some artists establish their distinctive style that anyone can recognize. This section introduces the pieces that represent the representative style of the artist. becomes your “favorite.”

◯Artist and Landscape

In contemporary art, works depicting natural and familiar landscapes are created using a wide variety of materials and techniques, including photography, sculpture, and video, as well as painting. Artists use their own unique perspectives and techniques to capture the landscape, transforming the way we see ordinary, everyday landscapes, for example, by composing and painting landscapes from multiple different perspectives on a single work, or by placing glass balls inside the camera. Please enjoy the rich expression of landscape by contemporary artists.

◯Wakabayashi Isamu, Dome, related materials

The year 2023 is the 20th anniversary of the death of the sculptor, Wakabayashi Isamu (1936-2003). Through his sculptures made of steel, he continued to question how humans deal with nature. Currently on exhibit in third room on the basement floor are DOME (1988) and Water Mirror (1997), both of which were created using the A-bomb Dome as a motif.
The exhibition introduces the drawings, models, and other materials left by Wakabayashi when he created DOME, and traces the artist's contemplations.

◯Landscape of Hiroshima/ HIROSHIMA

When referring to Hiroshima in atomic bomb-related topics, we often describe its name in katakana (HIROSHIMA) compared to commonly used kanji (Chinese characters). One of the pillars of our collection is works that expresses the relationship between HIROSHIMA and contemporary art.
This exhibition focuses mainly on works featuring the landscape of Hiroshima/ HIROSHIMA. The exhibition traces the city's transformation from its prewar landscape to its subsequent reconstruction through the eyes of each artist. In addition, the exhibition will feature works that capture the changing landscapes brought about by war in regions other than Hiroshima, such as works that suggest the traces and shadows of war that blend into everyday life.

Artist *In order of appearance in the gallery

Jim Dine, Agnes Martin, Martha Rosler, Dinh Q. LE, Yanagi Miwa, Kim Tschang-Yeul, Ishikawa Yukie, Matsue Taiji, Nomura Hitoshi, Onodera Yuki, Adrian Berg, Ohtake Shinro, David Hockney, Miyamoto Ryuji, Sato Masaaki, Sato Kiyomi, Richard Estes, Mark Boyle, Yoshimura Masunobu, Uchima Toshiko, Wakabayashi Isamu, Yamaji Sho, Hamada Chimei, Maruki Iri, Maruki Toshi, Moritomi Shigeo(Special Participation), Okada Reiko(Special Participation), Tonoshiki Tadashi, Haitani Masao, Ninobe Teruo, Tsuchida Hiromi, Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Sano Nui, Tada Minami, Nishi Masaaki, Shitamichi Motyuki, Miyagi Futoshi, Yoneda Tomoko

Collection Relations

Guest Artists: Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi

“Collection Relations” is an attempt to go beyond the existing collection through exhibitions reflecting our collections, the collection policies, or the characteristics of Hiroshima. This section invited as guest artists an art unit consisting of Komori Haruka, a filmmaker, and Seo Natsumi, a painter and writer. They started their activities as a unit after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The following year, they spent three years living in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, documenting the changing landscape of the city and the experiences and memories of its people. Currently, they visit various parts of Japan to record people's words and create opportunities for expression and dialogue in order to pass them on to others and to the future.
This section introduces a record of the changing landscape of Rikuzentakata City along with the reconstruction project's leveling construction. The film Double-Layered Town/ Songs of Four Journeys (2020), which documents the reading of the story Double-Layered Town by four young people who visited the area, also is screened. The exhibition also includes When I was 11… (2021-), a project that artists ask people of all ages, from 11 to 90, about their memories of being 11 years old, as well as works created through research in Hiroshima. These works highlight the possibilities of telling our own stories, listening to the stories of others, and exchanging stories as a way to engage with major events such as earthquakes and wars beyond space and time, regardless of one's position as an "affected person" or "non-affected person".

Adrian Berg, Sheffield Park Autumn 1985-86, 1985-86

Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Jizoing : Former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Studium [Hiroshima], 2009

Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi, When I was 11 ..., 2021
Photo: Tsutomu Koiwa
Image courtesy of Sendai Mediatheque


Exhibition Period
2023.11.25(Sat) — 2024.4.7(Sun)
Opening Hours

*Admission until 30 minutes before closing

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Mondays (except January 8, February 12), December27—January 1, 9, February 13
Adults 350 (250) yen, University Students 250 (150) yen, Elementary School, Junior High School and High School Students 150 (100) yen
*Price in parentheses is that of a group of 30 or more
*Free for children under Junior High School age
[Hello! Collection Day]
The Collection Exhibition is free on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

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Photo: Naoshi Fuda

Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi

An art unit formed by Komori Haruka (pictured right) and Seo Natsumi (pictured left). They started their activities after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and moved and worked in Rikuzentakata City for 3 years from 2012. In 2015, they established NOOK, a general incorporated association, in Sendai to document the Tohoku region in collaboration with our friends working in the region. They are currently based in Niigata and Tokyo, respectively.

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