About the Gallery
The Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels was constructed with a single goal in mind: to ensure that anyone, at any time, could see the Hiroshima Panels created by the husband and wife team of Iri and Toshi Maruki simply by coming to the museum.
Iri and Toshi were eyewitnesses to the atomic aftermath of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and they began collaborating on their signature work, the Hiroshima Panels, in the late 1940’s while information on the nuclear bombings was still tightly restricted by the Press Code enforced by US-led Occupation forces. The Marukis spent many years, during the Occupation and in the decade thereafter, traveling and exhibiting their nuclear works in a variety of temporary settings (civic centers, temples, and school gymnasiums, for example) before establishing their own museum to house the Hiroshima Panels.
In addition to their nuclear-related works, the Marukis continued to collaborate over the course of their careers on an array of artworks dealing more broadly with war, environmental pollution, and other situations in which human beings were harming other humans.
The Gallery seeks to carry on Toshi and Iri’s legacy of activism and advocacy while introducing visitors to the Marukis’ artistic works.
The museum is surrounded by the bountiful nature of the Hiki Hills and washed in the soothing sounds of the Toki River. We hope that, in this restorative environment, you are able to forget for a while the passage of time and immerse yourself in the world of the Marukis’ artistic vision. May you find yourself both moved and inspired.
History of the Gallery
- Official opening of the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels.
- Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels Foundation status officially recognized.
- Odaka Library and Nogi Pavilion donated and relocated to the Gallery grounds. Construction of the Kannon Temple.
- Expansion of the Gallery complete, installation of all 14 Hiroshima Panels.
Opening of the Tochigi Branch of the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels in Iwafune-machi (closed in 1996.)
- Wooden teahouse “Ruru” donated to the Gallery and relocated to grounds.
- Construction and consecration of the gravesite “Sosendo”.
- “Friends of the Maruki Gallery” association formed.
Publication of first edition of Bijutsukan News, the Gallery’s newsletter.
- Completion of the 2nd floor expansion.
- Construction of the new archival vaults for the preservation of the Marukis’ artwork.
Unveiling of the Memorial Stone for the Korean people massacred after the Great Kanto Earthquake.
- Completion of construction on the new wing of the Gallery.
- The Maruki Gallery becomes a public interest incorporated foundation.
Solar panels are installed.
- To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the gallery, the Preservation Fund for the Hiroshima Panels is created.
The Maruki Gallery is awarded the 29th Tanimoto Kiyoshi Peace Prize.