Boston University Art Galleries at the Stone Gallery presents
A Call for Peace:
An Exhibition of Iri and Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima Panels & Artifacts from the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Dates and Events: Friday, September 11 – Sunday, October 18
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6–8pm
Location: Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery (855 Commonwealth Ave)
Exhibition and Gallery Events are Free and Open to the Public
(This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.)
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, A Call for Peace presents six of the fifteen Hiroshima Panel by Iri and Toshi Maruki alongside artifacts collected from the bombing sites. The Marukis, Nobel Peace Prize nominees in 1995, produced the paintings over 30 years and were the subject of the 1986 Academy Award nominated documentary Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima. The panels represent recollections from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “where hell and the modern age fused in August 1945.” These impressive pieces are famous throughout Japan and have been exhibited in more than 20 nations worldwide.
Named after a line in the artists’ poetic description of the panel Petition (X), representing the signing of the anti-war petition started by the mothers in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward, A Call for Peace expresses the ultimate goal of both of our collaborating institutions and of our exhibition – to present an artistic expression of the horrors of war so that we never forget the human stories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the universal stories of suffering that are the most impactful appeals for peace in this world. The BUAG’s presentation includes an installation of 26 artifacts from the bombing sites at Hiroshima and Nagasaki provided by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Of the decision to paint the panels, Iri has said, “There was a time after the bombing when no one could talk about it. This couldn’t be so, I thought. I had seen something terrible. There were no photos either, and no one wanted to mention it…It was still unsettled, unresolved, and we couldn’t leave it that way. That’s why we decided to painted these murals.” Louis Templado, writing about the Marukis’ legacy for the Japan Quarterly believes, “by painting hell they have striven to bring heaven closer.”
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