Chizu (The Map)

Kikuji Kawada Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 231

Kikuji Kawada released this book exactly twenty years after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In between his harrowing photographs of concrete munitions bunkers, Special Forces soldier portraits, and survivors with facial scars, Kawada included semiabstract views of the decaying interior ceiling of Hiroshima’s Prefectural Industry Exhibition Hall. For Kawada and the book’s designer, Sugiura Kohei, the blooming stains on what is now known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial linked the devastation of nuclear war to larger themes such as the evils of nationalism.

Chizu (The Map), Kikuji Kawada (Japanese, born Tsuchiura, 1933)

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