The Maruki Gallery preserves memories of wartime atrocities and other forms of violence through the exhibition of the Hiroshima Panels. Iri and Toshi Maruki, who jointly produced the series of 15 paintings, opened the Gallery in 1967 hoping to capture visitors' imagination, prevent similar atrocities, and invigorate others who are suffering. This project will fund the restoration and preservation of the Hiroshima Panels, and support the construction a new gallery building.
The Hiroshima Panels have gained historical and social importance in recent years, and are highly valued throughout the world. However, the paintings have been facing serious problems from damage caused by the Gallery's aging exhibition halls and archival warehouse, which lack controls for temperature and humidity, as well as protection from UV rays, insects, and dust. We urgently need to construct a new building, restore the paintings, and create replicas to give the originals a rest.
This project will fund part of the Maruki Gallery's Preservation Project. It will enable us to preserve one painting of the Hiroshima Panels series (approx. 30,000 USD for restoration, approx. 10,000 USD for production of a replica) and to design the substructure of the new building (approx. 30,000 USD). In order to save the Hiroshima Panels in time, we hope to speed up the restoration and preservation process by making the Preservation Fund accessible to people all around the world.
The Hiroshima Panels were one of the first works of art in the world to resist the nuclear era, and they captured the public's imagination. The Marukis started with depictions of the Hiroshima bombing, but the subject of their works diversified as they decided to give voice to other victims of structural violence. Once restored and kept in an optimum environment for preservation, the Marukis' works will continue to serve as a global tool for peacebuilding in the future.
Overview of Marukis' works and the Gallery
Reaching Beyond Borders to Save Famed A-Bomb Art
Article on an exhibition in New York City (2015)