Ikuo Hirayama "A Retrospective - Pilgrimage for Peace"

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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Ikuo Hirayama is a highly acclaimed artist that is particularly well known for his intellectual and lyrical works based on folklore and anecdotes, such as the painting "Transmission of Buddhism". He has explored the life of a Buddhist monk named Genshousanzou and followed in his footsteps by traveling through the Silk Road. He applies such experiences into his art and has established a unique style of landscape painting which refers to history. He is very much interested in traditional Japanese culture, which evolved at the very eastern end of the Silk Road.

What lies beneath Hirayama's artistic practice is his experience of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. As a bomb victim, he explores questions about what it means to live, and communicates his hopes for peace through his art. For Hirayama, creating painting was the only way to continue living in the shadow of death.

This is a commemorative exhibition celebrating his 77th birthday, consisting of about 80 pieces divided into 4 major sections which highlight his career as an artist.

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From 2007-09-04 To 2007-10-21
Closed on September 10th (Mon), 25th (Tue), Ocotober 1st (Mon), & 15th (Mon).

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Ikuo Hirayama

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donald_japantimes: (2007-09-27 at 12:09)

A TOUCH OF SILK
Ikuo Hirayama sought solace on the road
By C. B. Liddell
Special to The Japan Times

Ikuo Hirayama clearly represents how the Japanese like to see — and project — themselves ...

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