Photos: Hiroshima Panels 2015 Bob Sink
From November 13 to December 20, 2015, Youth Arts New York/Hibakusha Stories in collaboration with Yoshiko Hayakawa, Takayuki Kodera and Yukinori Okamura of the Maruki Gallery, Tokyo, produced an exhibition of six Hiroshima Panels at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook Brooklyn. Abstract expressionist masterworks sometimes referred to as the Guernica of Japan, the Hiroshima Panels were painted by husband and wife team Iri (1901-1995) and Toshi Maruki (1902-2000) over a 32-year period. Unique and unprecedented in the world, they have been exhibited extensively throughout Japan and Europe, but have made precious few appearances in the United States. The exhibit included a set of black and white posters of historic photographs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and artifacts from Nagasaki on loan from Kathleen Sullivan, given to her by Nagasaki hibakusha Sakue Shimohira.