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Japanese Art After Fukushima: Return of Godzilla

20-03-2015 - 30-05-2015

20 March – 30 May 2015
RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11am – 5pm, Wednesday 11pm – 7pm
Tel. (03) 9925 1717

The massive radioactive monster Godzilla looms large in popular culture, originating in a series of live action Japanese (tokusatsu) films in the 1950s, where it emerged from the sea to destroy Japanese cities. The nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were fresh in the Japanese consciousness and the character was seen as a metaphor for nuclear weapons. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, when a tsunami tore through the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the potent image of Godzilla and his anti-nuclear subtext again forces people to question nuclear power. The threat of atomic annihilation has long influenced Japanese artists. This exhibition will focus on the work of artists responding to the events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011 and its environmental implications. Exhibiting artists include; Finger Pointing Worker, Ichi Ikeda, Manuba Ikeda, Yutaka Kobayashi, Takashi Kuribayashi, and, Ken and Julia Yonetani



Getting there:
Train Stop: Melbourne Central Station
Tram Stop: Swanston st, La Trobe st trams
Bike route: Yes!
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RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston St
Melbourne, 3000 Australia
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