Save the Hiroshima Panels - Preservation Fund

by Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels Foundation
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Save the Hiroshima Panels - Preservation Fund
Save the Hiroshima Panels - Preservation Fund

As the year draws to a close, we would like to thank all of our supporters for your enthusiasm and generosity throughout the year. Your support has helped us keep our doors open this year, too, and we are truly grateful. This year also saw various difficulties, both globally and in Japan. In spite of it all, many people continued to visit the Maruki Gallery. Also, there have been exhibits overseas that featured the works of the Marukis. We sincerely thank you for your support to make it possible, and for visiting us virtually by watching our online events and videos. 

Today, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the activities of the Maruki Gallery in 2022.

Due to the pandemic, it still was difficult to hold public events this year. However, we continued to keep our doors open throughout the year again, and carried out the following special exhibitions.

 

Special Exhibitions in 2022

Special Exhibition – 110th Anniversary of Toshi Maruki’s Birth: Depicting People

Ri Jong Ok: SIMULATED WINDOW

Is it possible to create Tohoku paintings? – Myriad Sceneries

Gaku Tsutaja: WARP DRIVE

Motai Toshiya: Soul-Body, and light taKKeiTAGEMBAKZU (Current exhibition)


Thanks to your contributions, we also created some videos (available on our YouTube channel) and held online events so that anyone can learn about the gallery, even from a distance.

 

Online Programs in 2021 (Some programs are available in English)

Special Exhibition Hikaru Fujii: Record of Bombing

Preserving Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi ’s Art for Future Generations

The Hiroshima Panels (I): Ghosts The Necessity of Restoration and What Lies Ahead

Ri Jong Ok: SIMULATED WINDOW (Introduction to the exhibition)

The Hiroshima Panels x Sakata Akira - Saxophone resonates with the memory of Hiroshima

Maruki Gallery Annual Report Session for FY2021

Gaku Tsutaja: Warp Drive Opening Talk

Gaku Tsutaja: Warp Drive (Introduction to the exhibition)

What Warps from Hawaii to Japan

Pieces of Changes - Findings from the survey of the current Maruki Gallery architecture

Motai Toshiya: Soul-Body, and light (Introduction to the exhibition)

While we are delighted to reach more people and to stay connected with our long-time supporters through the online programs, we look forward to the day when you can come to the gallery and stand in front of the Hiroshima Panels once again.

 

Fundraising Update

We have received generous contributions from so many people this year, too, bringing our total conservation fund to about 188 million yen (approx. 1.6 million USD) as of December 15, 2021. We still have much work to do to achieve our goal, but we are encouraged every day by all the messages we receive from our supporters. Thank you for the support you have given us.

We would be very grateful if you could continue to share Save the Hiroshima Panels – Preservation Fund with your friends and family. 

 

Update on Restoration and Construction Plan

Last but not least, we would like to share an update on our restoration and construction plan. 

Thanks to your support, The Hiroshima Panels (I): Ghosts is undergoing restoration work. The work is planned to be completed in March 2023. We are excited to have the original panel back in the gallery for display after a long restoration process.

As for the construction plan, we are currently reviewing our plans for constructing a new gallery building. Throughout this year, we have been conducting a thorough survey of the current gallery architecture. 

This research has revealed that the Marukis valued the "renovation of the building without destroying it." There are many seemingly inexplicable structures and parts of the building that emerged from repeated renovations, which may be considered part of the history and value preserved by the Maruki Gallery.

By thinking of the building itself as another work of the Marukis, we have decided to modify our plans: We will renovate the building to create an appropriate environment for preserving the paintings while preserving as much of the building's history as possible. Therefore, the architectural plan, the architect, and the renovation schedule will be adjusted accordingly. We sincerely ask for your understanding.

We are in the process of developing a new plan along with the building survey. We hope to make concrete announcements on the new plan from the coming April onward.

 

Thank you for your support this year!

We wish you a Happy New Year!

Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels

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Current gallery building
Current gallery building

Greetings from the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels! We hope this finds you well.

We would like to give you an update on the Maruki Gallery. Although Covid restrictions are gradually easing in Japan, our activities such as in-person events are still limited, and the number of visitors has not fully recovered. 

Also, due to the recent rise in the cost of construction materials, we expect the cost of the new gallery to increase. We are now reviewing our construction plan to adjust our budget, steps, and timing. The architectural design is likely to change from our original plan, but our priority has not. We want to make sure that the Hiroshima Panels will be stored and exhibited in a high-quality facility, so that they can be passed down to future generations. 

We hope to share the details on our new plan by the end of this year. We will keep you informed.

On a side note, we would like to share an online program released on May 5, 2022: “The Hiroshima Panels x Sakata Akira - Saxophone resonates with the memory of Hiroshima.” The Maruki Gallery celebrated its 55th anniversary that day, with a special program featuring jazz saxophonist Mr. Sakata Akira.

Mr. Sakata, who was born in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, in 1945, the year of the atomic bombing, gave a performance in front of the Hiroshima Panels. He also shared his thoughts on the war in Ukraine. The performance was breathtaking and spectacular. We invite you to listen to his performance with your best speakers or headphones!

We will send you another report once the new construction plan is released.

Thank you very much for your support!

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As you are well aware, the paintings at the Maruki Gallery 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.

 So, while we work on a plan to construct a new building, we also started the restoration of the paintings. Today, we would like to highlight two videos showing the restoration process of The Hiroshima Panels (I): Ghosts and other collaborative works painted by the Marukis.

Preserving Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi ’s Art for Future Generations Mural Restoration Project  (19m51s)

From September 14 to October 29, 2021, restoration of four mural paintings, "The Rape of Nanking," "Auschwitz," "Minamata," and "Minamata, Nuclear Power, Sanrizuka,” was conducted at the Maruki Gallery. This video includes commentary about the works by Okamura Yukinori, curator of the Maruki Gallery, and an interview on the restoration work, with Nakatsuka Hiroyuki, representative of Yushodo.

The Hiroshima Panels (I): Ghosts The Necessity of Restoration and What Lies Ahead (7m07s)

On Dec. 16, 2021, Ghosts, the first of Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi’s collaborative work the Hiroshima Panels, was taken from the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels for full-scale restoration work at the Institute for Conservation of Cultural Property Aichi University of the Arts. In this video, we will explain why it was necessary to restore Ghosts.

Your support has made it possible for us to carry out these restoration works. We would like to thank you once again.

We will send you an update on the construction plant in our next report!

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Today, we would like to share the English version of Director Arai's virtual tour video 'To the Land of Mothers.' which was part of "Create Virtual Tours to Share the Hiroshima Panels" project on GlobalGiving.

As a special preview, the video will be available to donors for approximately two weeks from 00:00 on Feb. 12 to 24:00 on Feb. 27 on Maruki Gallery’s YouTube channel. Furthermore, the video will be made available to the public as soon as our preparations to do so are completed.

On a side note, 'Out of Hiroshima, Into the Future - Life and Art in Nuclear Age -' (the program we created for last year's Hiroshima Memorial) can be viewed by chapter now.

'August 6th: What had happened on that day'

'The Marukis' Journey from Hiroshima'

'Passing on Marukis' Message in a changing world'

The full version can be seen here. If you haven't seen it yet, please take this opportunity to do so :-)

The restoration process of the Marukis' works continues. We hope to share how it is actually carried out in our next report.

We thank you for your continued support! 

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Russian Nursery Rhymes (painted by Toshi Maruki)
Russian Nursery Rhymes (painted by Toshi Maruki)

Season's Greetings from Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels! 

We hope this message finds you well and enjoying the spirit of the season.

As the year draws to a close, we would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and generosity throughout the year. Your support has helped us keep our doors open during this difficult time, and we are truly grateful. This year, we were reminded again of the significance of reconnecting the Hiroshima Panels with the world. Thank you for the support you have given us.

Today, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the activities of the Maruki Gallery in 2021.

 

Due to the pandemic, we were not able to hold any public events this year. However, we continued to keep our doors open throughout the year and carried out the following special exhibitions. 

Wakana Yamauchi: The Beginning of the Beginning

Toshihiro Kanehara: The Voice of Ocean

Special Exhibition Hikaru Fujii: Record of Bombing

Yoshio Shirakawa: Is this Inferno or Paradise

Mihoko Ogaki: Milky Way – before the beginning – after the end 2021

The 120th Anniversary of Iri Maruki’s Birth: Iri Maruki Exhibition – Tracing the Course of Experiments (Current exhibition)

Special Exhibition: The Taigyaku Incident (Current Exhibition)

 

We also created videos (available on our YouTube channel) and held online events so that anyone can learn about the museum, even from a distance.

Maruki Gallery Online Tour – What are the Hiroshima Panels? (60 mins)

Out of Hiroshima, Into the Future – Life and Art in the Nuclear Age (90 mins)

While we are delighted to reach more people and to stay connected with our long-time supporters through the online programs, we look forward to the day when you can come to the gallery and stand in front of the Hiroshima Panels without worries.

 

[Fundraising Report]

Thanks to your support, the planning for the construction of the new building and the restoration project of the Hiroshima Panels are also moving forward. 

The Hiroshima Panels (I): Ghosts is undergoing restoration work. The work has been transferred to the Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties, Aichi University of the Arts. This is the first full-scale restoration of the work since it was first displayed on a folding screen in the 1980s. The restoration will last until March 2023.  

Despite the pandemic, we have received generous contributions from so many people this year, bringing our total conservation fund to about 188 million yen (approx. 1.6 million USD) as of the end of October 2021. We still have much work to achieve our goal, but we are encouraged every day by all the messages we receive from our supporters.


We would be very grateful if you could continue to share Save the Hiroshima Panels - Preservation Fund to your friends and family. 

Thank you for your support this year! 

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels

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Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels Foundation

Location: Higashimatsuyama - Japan
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