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“The Atomic Bomb – Hiroshima” Live Restoration Work
July 18, 2015 - August 27, 2015| Free
The Atomic Bomb – Hiroshima, made by Iri Maruki and Toshi, can be seen as a compilation of the couple’s most important work The Hiroshima Panels. Until it was moved to the museum to coincide with its opening, the work was displayed for many years in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Some 40 years after it was produced, the work, which had begun to show signs of wear such as peeling paint, is being restored to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing in an effort to pass down works that depict the bombing to the next generation. In addition to providing the public with a special opportunity to see this restoration project, the display sheds light on conservation, which, although it is an important function of the museum, is not a common sight.
You can view restoration work in progress in the basement of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art on July 18 and 19, August 8, 9, 29 and 30 and September 12, 13, 26 and 27. On other days a video will be running showing the process.
Open 10:00-17:00 (final admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays except July 20, September 21 when closed July 21 and September 24 respectively.
Read more about the remarkable Marukis and the Hiroshima Panels in our interview with award-winning poet Arthur Binard.