Artists and the Disaster: Imagining in the 10th Year

Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito

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[Image: Haruka Komori+Natsumi Seo, "Double-Layered Town/Making a Song to Replace Our Positions" 2019 ©Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi]

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In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, which itself suffered damage from the disaster, organized an exhibition entitled “Artists and the Disaster: Documentation in Progress” in 2012. The exhibition chronologically introduced diverse activities which artists have conducted following the disaster, irrespective of whether it was meant to be “art” or not. Back then, soon after the massive catastrophe and amid questioning about the role of art, a majority of activities by the artists focused on support and documentation. Having had time for reflection since then, the artists started responding through “artworks,” as a result of gazing at realities that the disaster brought about.
Held for the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the exhibition will re-explore the catastrophe through art. It is because one of the problems the disaster has laid bare is our “lack of imagination.” In spite of the fact that our ancestors left us cautionary stone monuments and folklores, in many cases of March 11th, we did not recognize the true danger of the tsunami. So, let us now recall that art is supposed to be good at evoking imagination.
As the Great East Japan Earthquake is already becoming something of the “past,” the exhibition focuses on this nature of art: arousing imagination, introducing artworks that reconnect us to the disaster. In so doing, “Artists and the Disaster: Imagining in the 10th Year” aims to pass stories down to the generation of people who were still very young when it occurred, those of us marking the tenth anniversary, and those in future generations.



from February 20, 2021 to May 09, 2021
Exhibition Hours 10:00-18:00. Open on May 3.


Adults ¥900; High School Students and Under, Seniors 70 & Over, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.


Address: 1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki 310-0063
Phone: 029-227-8111 Fax: 029-227-8110

20 minute walk from the North exit of JR Mito Station; From the North exit of JR Mito Station, take the Ibaraki Kotsu bus and get off at Izumicho-itchome. The venue is 3 minute walk from there.

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