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Hirshhorn Museum Acquires Eleven Photographic Works by Japanese Artists

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced that it recently acquired eleven new photographic works—its first by major figures such as Eikoh Hosoe, Minoru Hirata, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Miyako Ishiuchi, Kōji Enokura, and Takashi Arai. The collection expands the institution’s holdings of postwar Japanese artworks.

The additions join Rhyme-S, 1960, the Hirshhorn’s recently acquired painting by Japanese artist Natsuyuki Nakanishi, similarly exploring the avant-garde of the 1960s. The new works include Land and Sea by Kawaguchi. a series of twenty-four photographs that record four wooden planks, cut from a single log, floating along a sea current for three days, a project created for the 1970 Tokyo Biennale; Apartment #9, 1977–78, by Ishiuchi, which documents the artist’s memories spent in cramped, crumbling postwar apartment complexes during the post-oil crisis; and those by Arai chronicling the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, July 25, 2011. Radioactive Lilies, Iitate Village, Fukushima and May 21, 2012. Annular Eclipse at 7:42am Onahama, Fukushima No. 1.