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Exhibit of artist couple's paintings of A-bombed Hiroshima opens in Tokyo

"The Hiroshima Panels VIII 'RESCUE' 1954" by Iri and Toshi Maruki (Photo courtesy of Maruki Gallery for The Hiroshima Panels)

TOKYO -- An exhibit of two reproduced works from "The Hiroshima Panels," portraying scenes following the atomic bombing of the city painted by a Japanese artist couple, began in Bunkyo Ward here on Aug. 6, the 73rd anniversary of the bombing.

Japanese-style painter Iri Maruki and his wife Toshi, a western-style painter, created a total of 15 "Hiroshima Panels" between 1950 and 1982. Both works on display depict the aftermath of the atomic blast, with people wandering the scene with burnt clothes and skin and charred hair. Amid the monotone colors, reddish flames spread across the canvas. While both paintings are reproductions, one called "GHOSTS" is full-scale at 180 centimeters by 720 centimeters. The other painting, "RESCUE," is half the size of the original.

The exhibit is organized by the Bunkyo association for viewing The Hiroshima Panels, and 14th time that the group has held an exhibition of the Marukis' works. The paintings were loaned out to the organizers by the Maruki Gallery for The Hiroshima Panels in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. The exhibition will be held through Aug. 9.

"The Hiroshima Panels I 'GHOSTS' 1950" by Iri and Toshi Maruki (Photo courtesy of Maruki Gallery for The Hiroshima Panels)

"I would like visitors to feel the horror of nuclear weapons through the paintings depicted with these ghastly, soulful touches," an organizer said.

There are also other exhibits on display, including panels explaining the activities of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition of nongovernmental organizations that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Additionally, from 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 8, a documentary film about the Vietnam War will be shown. Admission is free.

For inquiries, the organizers can be reached at 090-4120-9366 (Japanese language only).

(Japanese original by Masaki Takahashi, Tokyo Bureau)

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