Noguchi Talks | Kenjiro Okazaki: Noguchi’s Memorial to the Dead of Hiroshima

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Japanese artist Kenjiro Okazaki will give a talk about his extensive research into Isamu Noguchi’s 1952 proposal for a cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan. Noguchi’s design, created at the behest of architect Kenzo Tange, was rejected by public officials at the time and remains unrealized.

The Noguchi Museum's Hiroshima Memorial gallery has recently been reinstalled to incorporate a model of the site fabricated under Okazaki's direction--which, for the first time, makes Noguchi's overall scheme comprehensible.


The text of Kenjiro Okazaki's talk is available as a PDF.


Article: Kenjiro Okazaki, "A Place to Bury Names, or Resurrection (Circulation and Continuity of Energy) as a Dissolution of Identity: Isamu Noguchi’s Memorial to the Dead of Hiroshima and Shirai Sei’ichi’s Temple Atomic Catastrophes," Review of Japanese Culture and Society 26 (2014): 304-17.


Image: Isamu Noguchi, Model of Memorial to the Dead of Hiroshima. 1952 to 1982.