2nd August 2011
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The prize-giving ceremony for the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize (sponsored by Hiroshima City and Asahi Newspapers), an award for contemporary artists whose work has contributed to peace, was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hiroshima on July 29th. The avant-garde artist (78), wife of the late John Lennon, a former Beatle, was there to accept the prize. Saying that “the whole world recognises how Hiroshima picked itself up and rebuilt itself so remarkably after being totally annihilated,” she spoke of her determination to evoke that power her future artistic work.
In the morning of the same day she visited the Hiroshima Peace Park, and laid a wreath at the Memorial Cenotaph for the victims of the atomic bombing. She also toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (the atomic bomb archive), and appealed to people to “make sure to look (at the exhibits) and don’t try to avoid them. If you haven’t been there yet, please do visit, and look carefully at them all.”
To commemorate the award, the museum will host her exhibition “ROAD OF HOPE –YOKO ONO 2011 until October 16th. The exhibition features works inspired by the recent disaster at Fukushima, as well as the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and embodies a spirit of hope for the future.