A gallery in a
"We hope the exhibition will stir awareness of the importance of handing down memories of the atomic bombing among people in
The panels were created by
The husband-and-wife team created 15 panels on the atomic bombings -- each standing 1.8 meters by 7.2 meters -- over 32 years from 1950, and the
"The world was hit by the nuclear threat nearly 70 years ago, and it still remains, or rather expands further, in the face of a nuclear-weapons drive and dependence on nuclear power generation," Okamura said. "It would be significant if we could share experiences of
The organizers are also planning to exhibit the panels elsewhere in
"Aging atomic-bomb survivors have a strong hope for the elimination of nuclear weapons while they are still alive, and we want to create a tidal wave for fulfilling their wish by taking the opportunity of the 70th anniversary," Kodera said.
While the panels have been displayed all over the world, including
"I expect U.S. lawmakers, and of course President
The event was decided on after
In an e-mail interview, Kuznick said the atomic bombings "unleashed a nuclear arms race that still threatens the annihilation of all life on the planet."
"It is absolutely essential that Americans, citizens of the only nation to have ever dropped atomic bombs on another country, confront this history with honesty and sensitivity," he said.
While some Americans will object to an exhibit that complicates and even challenges the perception that World War II was a "good war," Kuznick said, "I welcome the opportunity to exchange views and, if necessary, debate with people who take offense at such a heart-wrenching depiction of the atomic bombings."
Okamura said, "Mr. and
While American organizers will share part of the costs for the exhibition, the Japanese side has launched a fundraising campaign in the hope of collecting around
"I visited this museum around 40 years ago with my grandfather, who was involved in World War II, and I cannot forget the shock I felt at that time," Umekawa said. "I had hoped to bring my son here when he became old enough to get a glimpse of the atomic bombings."
Of the 15 panels, 14 are displayed at the gallery, while the remaining work -- "Nagasaki" -- is owned by the
Among the 15, the first one is titled "Ghosts," which depicts people whose clothes were burned off and skin peeled by the atomic bombing walking like ghosts with their arms extended in front of them.
Meanwhile, part 13, "Death of American Prisoners of War," focuses on American POWs who were killed in
In a separate work, the Marukis dealt with the Nanjing Massacre in consideration of
"I hope the upcoming exhibition will become an opportunity for U.S. and Japanese people to promote dialogue over nuclear elimination and peace, with the consciousness that both of them are victimizers of the war," Kodera said.
The Marukis also made other tragedies, such as the Auschwitz concentration camp and Minamata Disease, the subject of their drawings.
For further information on the U.S. exhibition and the fundraising campaign, call the
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