Marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident, the
The gallery in Higashimatsuyama,
In his abstract paintings, Seino, 67, has presented an image showing "human beings are decomposed" by mercury in
He referred to the pollution-triggered Minamata Disease in
Seino has also created a series of large-scale paintings recently, in which he used lead and aluminum to portray radioactive materials and bullets falling over people's heads, called "Metal Rain."
"People in the world have faced illegitimacy -- they are hit by environmental pollutions and radiation while pursuing economic growth, and people, for example in the
In his 2013 painting titled "Metal Rain 13-B Fukushima," he depicts people standing in front of a nuclear reactor building with styrene foam.
It is apparently one of the buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant which suffered a triple meltdown following a huge earthquake and tsunami on
"Styrene foam can be easily destroyed, just like human beings in the face of a nuclear disaster," Seino said.
"We can't foresee how the problems in Chernobyl as well as in Fukushima will develop in years to come," Seino said.
On the exhibition going through
Seino himself finds important meaning in displaying his works at the gallery, which permanently shows the panels on the atomic bombings by the late Marukis, husband and wife artists who were nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.
"I feel I could have a certain relationship with Mr. and Mrs. Maruki through this exhibition," he said.
While holding additional events on the Fukushima disaster, the gallery is also planning to have another special exhibition later this year to mark the 60th anniversary of a U.S. hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll in the
For further information, call the gallery at 0493-22-3266. It closes on Mondays.
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