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Reaching Beyond Borders to Save Famed A-Bomb Art
Plug-in Japan
13m 58s

Broadcast on August 20, 2020
Available until August 20, 2021

In August 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Maruki Iri, a Hiroshima-born painter, and his wife, Toshi witnessed the disastrous damages and spent more than 30 years to create a series of paintings, known as "The Hiroshima Panels." The paintings have been exhibited in over 20 locations around the world, teaching people lessons about the devastation of war. However, the panels are facing a danger of deterioration, as the private museum where they are exhibited ages. The number of visitors has also declined, due to the coronavirus pandemic. What measures are being taken to preserve the valuable artworks for future generations? (This program was broadcast on August 6, 2020.)

photo A part of the 15-piece series that depict the devastation of atomic bombing, "The Hiroshima Panels." photo The Maruki Gallery was opened in Saitama Prefecture in 1967 to exhibit the panels permanently. photo Maruki Iri and his wife Toshi co-created "The Hiroshima Panels."