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July 18, 2015 - September 27, 2015


Hiroshima Trilogy: 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing Part I Life=Work

Some victims of the atomic bomb drew pictures of their experiences. Introducing these pictures as a starting point, this exhibition explores the state of work containing a strong link between “life” and “art,” and the root of expression as seen in a variety of artists’ works. Among the works on display are those in which the artists, having experienced the war or lost someone close to them, were concerned parties; those with a close connection between the artist’s daily activities and life; and those to which the artists dedicated their entire lives.

“Life = Work” opens with A-bomb Drawings by Survivors depicting actual experiences of the atomic bombing. On this footing, it then examines the work of 13 artists whose art deeply reflects their past experience, method of living, or life as a whole. The works in some cases arise from the artist’s own tragic experience related to the atomic blast, war, or loss of loved ones. In others, the artist has no direct experience of an event but seeks to find a connection with it in his or her own life. In many cases, they are works the artist has devoted a lifetime to creating.
As an exhibition directly linking life experience with art, “Life = Work” casts light on the sources of creative expression and reveals how an artwork—as a crystallization of the artist’s life—has a power to convey that individual’s experience. Then, by demonstrating art’s power to transcend time and cultural barriers for sharing by people everywhere, “Life = Work” shows what art can achieve.

Featured Artists
Yasuo Kazuki, Shin Miyazaki, Goro Shikoku, Aya Daido, Tadashi Tonoshiki, Miyako Ishiuchi, Yasuka Goto, Tadayoshi Irino, Shigeo Egami, Yoshio Yoshimura, Tomoharu Murakami, Tomoya, Hiroyuki Oki

Open 10:00-17:00 (final admission 16:30)

Closed Mondays except July 20, September 21 when closed July 21 and September 24 respectively.

More details on the HMOCA website


July 18, 2015
September 27, 2015
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1-1 Hijiyama-koen, Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0815 Japan