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1945±5: The Works that Survived through the Turbulent and Reconstruction Era

July 30, 2016 - October 10, 2016

Masao Tsuruoka's 'Heavy Hand' (1949); Toshio Nakanishi's 'Stroll' (1940) | THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO; THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, IBARAKI

In the 1940s, Japan plunged headlong into the Pacific War and continued fighting until it was defeated in 1945. Over the next five years while occupied by Allied Forces, the country experienced a variety of ups and downs as it moved forward with a variety of reforms and restoration projects. Based on approximately 200 works (primarily Western-style paintings, but also Japanese-style paintings, sculptures, documents, etc.) by some 70 artists, this exhibition attempts to ascertain what kind of art was made during the period and how it was linked to society. Viewers will be presented with a complete picture of Japanese art from the 1940s, a period marked by a wide range of intersecting perspectives and positions. (HMOCA)

Read about this exhibition’s stint in Hyogo in the JapanTimes here.



July 30, 2016
October 10, 2016
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Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
1-1 Hijiyama-koen, Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0815 Japan
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