Beyond the Earthquake, from Fukushima to the World—From “The Marine Day Art Show”
Friday, March 5 through Wednesday, March 31
The Nippon Club WEB Gallery
Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, The Nippon Club WEB Gallery will hold an art exhibition. In Beyond the Earthquake, from Fukushima to the World contemporary artists who love the sea and pay homage to the ocean will introduce their works of art to honor the tsunami victims.
The Nippon Club is holding the exhibition in cooperation with the Association of The Marine Day Art Show. Michio Namatame, a contemporary artist living in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, has presided over the Marine Day Art Festival since 2015. Of the exhibition he says, “The rumors of the nuclear accident remain persistent, but the beauty of the sea in my hometown has not changed. Through works of art, we would like many people to know the steps toward Fukushima’s reconstruction. We hope to convey the reconstruction of the mind since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the development of new art in Fukushima through this exhibition. We also hope the exhibition will be used as an example to disseminate Japanese contemporary art to the world.”
I drew a scene of Votive Dance by Tayuu Shimabara of Kyoto to express requiescats’ feelings. It calms the soul of unimaginable sadness and offers a desire for rebirth.”
— Masako Kurokawa
This exhibition features 23 flat works and two three-dimensional works by 25 artists. To view these works, please visit The Nippon Club’s website.
Yukiko Endo | Hiromi Hasegawa | Akihiro Hoshi | Kimie Igarashi | Miho Ishida | Yoshiko Ishiguro | Yayoi Kobayashi | Mitsuru Kogo | Masako Kurokawa | Akie Kuroki | Kazuyuki Mura | Michio Namatame | Miho Ohashi | Mami Okamoto | Junko Okamoto | Nobuko Shimizu | Noriyo Torigai | Yoko Tsukada | Eiko Watanabe | Emiko Yamada | Eri Yoshida | Mariko Yoshida | Seijyu Yoshida | Sachie Yoshino | Yuki • Hiro
Guests can view Beyond the Earthquake, from Fukushima to the World on The Nippon Club’s website through Wednesday, March 31.
The Nippon Club organized this exhibition with the support of the J.C.C. Fund (the Philanthropic Fund of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York).
The name of Fukushima became known to the world due to the unprecedented Great East Japan Earthquake. Aizu, where I live, is 130km from the coast, but the lifeline has been cut off. The hardships of those who were forced to evacuate due to the nuclear accident are unimaginable. The Great East Japan Earthquake has taught us many lessons. Ten years have passed, and the calm sea that brings the blessings of the sea is returning. The impression of the mother sea is expressed by drawing a harbor and a ship.”
— Kimie Igarashi
Message from The Nippon Club
It has been ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. We once again express our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives in the disaster and their beloved families. We also sincerely hope that the disaster victims who are suffering from the severe effects on their daily lives stay sound and calm.
The Great East Japan Earthquake severely damaged the northeast region of Japan. Over the past ten years, the people affected by the disaster have been working together to overcome many difficulties and strive for reconstruction, despite many hardships. Once again, we would like to express our heartfelt respect.
A Chandelier has seen the prosperity and decline of disaster/earthquake. It’s like the Chandelier left behind that day, looking before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake, where everyday life disappeared in an instant. This Chandelier represents witness and prayer who survives various times and watches how people are resurrected.”
— Sachie Yoshino