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The18th Peace Art Exhibition: "The Cats of Mirikitani- The Unconquerable Spirit of a New York Street Artist"

The18th Peace Art Exhibition:

"Cats with Red Snapper" Property of Linda Hattendorf

開催日
August 1, 2014 〜 August 31, 2014
開館時間
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (must enter by 5:30 p.m.) Closed on Mondays
展示会場
第1展示室第2展示室第3展示室
料金
Admission:Free
チケット発売日

 Including newly discoverd "Sumi-e" paintings,which would be the first public exhibition in the world.  


The first exhibition at Jimmy's hometown in Hiroshima.

A Retrospective Exhibition

 – The first exhibition to be held at Mirikitani’sHiroshima home town-

  Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani (1920-2012) was a second generation Japanese-American born in Sacramento, CA and raised in Itsukaichi, Hiroshima. At age 18, he returned to the United States and later sent to Tule Lake concentration camp in CA during World War II where he lived for three and a half years. In his later years, he became homeless in New York, but continued pursuing a career as an artist by painting and selling his artwork on the street. His life was indeed full of ups and downs.
 
  In January 2001, he met filmmaker, Linda Hattendorf who started making Jimmy’s documentary film. Her film, “The Cats of Mirikitani” was released in 2006 and won many awards at various film festivals world-wide. Through this film, one of Mirikitani’s early artwork from his concentration camp days was discovered. This artwork was later included in “The Art of Gaman” exhibition, and displayed at 5 different locations, including “The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts” and “Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum”, throughout Japan between 2012-2013.  

  At the upcoming exhibition in Hiroshima, we will display approximately 70 pieces of Mirikitani's artwork. The exhibit will feature 30 key collections from Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA and 40 additional artwork, many of which have not been shown and unveiled for the first time to the public. 

  Jimmy Mirikitani, despite his harsh life experience, continued his career as an artist with dignity and integrity. Furthermore, his unconquerable spirit and dedication as a true artist, he kept producing artwork on themes such as cats, internment camp, atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 9/11 attacks, etc. We hope that Mirikitani’s artwork will inspire gallery visitors to think deeply about how a relentless history can impact an individual’s life and destiny and feel Mirikitani’s energy to overcome such predicament through his art. (Jimmy's motto of Make Art, Not War is a legacy we aspire to follow.)

 

Sponsors:City of Hatsukaichi/Hatsukaichi Culture - Sports Association/ Steering Committee of Hatsukaichi Peace Festival

Cooperation:Wing Luke Museum (the United States)/ Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University 

Special Support:Masa Yoshikawa (Producer, “The Cats of Mirikitani”)/George Sakamoto (Translation) /Linda Hattendorf (Producer/Director, "The Cats of Mirikitani")
The18th Peace Art Exhibition: "Mother and Baby" Property of Linda Hattendorf The18th Peace Art Exhibition: "Rainbow Fish with Hiding Cat" Property of George Sakamoto
The18th Peace Art Exhibition: "Hawk on Pine Tree" Property of Hino Family The18th Peace Art Exhibition: "Hiroshima Peace Memorial" Property of Linda Hattendorf
The18th Peace Art Exhibition: "Tule Lake 1" Property of Linda Hattendorf

関連イベント

(1) Movie “The Cats of Mirikitani” (74min film + bonus features)  Free Admission

Date: August 2 (Sat)  ①10:30~12:00  ②14:30~16:00
at Hatsukaichi City Cultural Hall “Sakurapia”

Date: August 23 (Sat) ①10:30~12:00 ②14:30~16:00
at Hatsukaichi City Hall, Conference Room on 7th Floor

(2) A Talk by Masa Yoshikawa (Producer, “The Cats of Mirikitani”)
Date: August 2 (Sat) 12:00~
at Hatsukaichi City Cultural Hall “Sakurapia”

プレイガイド

Hatsukaichi Art Gallery  

〒738-0023 11-1, Shimohera 1-chome, Hatsukaichi-City, Hiroshima,
Tel: 0829-20-0222 Fax: 0829-31-5108 

【Access】 (We are located inside Hatsukaichi City Hall)

●From Central Hiroshima City:
(By Streetcar) Take Line 2 (bound for Miyajima-guchi), get off at “Hatsukaichi-Shiyakusho-Mae (Hera)”, then walk 7 minutes toward South. (Overall travel time: approximately 60 minutes)

●From Miyajima-guchi:
(By Streetcar) Take Line 2 (bound for Hiroshima), get off at “Hatsukaichi-Shiyakusho-mae (Hera)”,then walk 7 minutes toward South. (Overall travel time: approximately 20 minutes)

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