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Past and Contemporary Visual Non-Nuclear Art, with a focus on the Hiroshima Panels in the Maruki Gallery


(英語字幕付き日本語講義 / In Japanese with English Subtitles)

講師:岡村 幸宣(おかむら・ゆきのり) 原爆の図丸木美術館 学芸員・専務理事

Speaker: Yukinori Okamura, Curator, Managing Director, Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels



May 31, 2024. 17:30-19:00. Room301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University, No RSVP Necessary




“The Maruki Gallery, where I work, permanently exhibits the Hiroshima Panels.The artists Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi passed away in 1995 and 2000 respectively. Yet, based on the experience of the atomic bombing, they believed that it is not possible for nuclear weapons and technology and humanity to coexist, and continued to paint in order to convey that threat.

However, in 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster, I finally realised that there were too few opportunities to introduce such art. And in order to make clear this historical lineage of this art which certainly did exist, I used the term ‘non-nuclear art.’

In contrast to ‘anti-nuclear,’ which opposes the use of nuclear weapons and technology, "non-nuclear" has the meaning of denying their very existence. ‘Non-nuclear art’ not only resists the nuclear threat but is also positioned as art which reexamines the very nature of a society which places a value on the possession of nuclear weapons and technology.

This is a thirst for universal freedom, for a society in which all can live with human dignity, with no one oppressed, and with no threat to life itself.” Excerpt from Okamura Yukinori’s lecture.

This talk is organized by Angela Yiu (Professor, Sophia University).


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