May 13th 1996 10A.M. I called the pentagon 1996

B E T W E E N   E A R T H  A N D   T H E   H E A V E N S :

A S P E C T S   O F   C O N T E M P O R A R Y  J A P A N E S E  A R T   I I, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan, 1996

Curator:  Kazuo Yamawaki

Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico, 1996

Director:  Christina Galvez

Organization:  Nagoya City Art Museum, Chunichi Daily News, The Japan Foundation

In cooperation with: Asahi Beer ArtsFoundation, Shiseido Co., Ltd., Toyota Motors Corporation, Japan Arts Fund, Fundacion Olgay

Rufino Tamayo, Fondo De La Amistad, Mexico-Japon, Centenario De La Migracion, Jamonesa A Mexico, IMBA

automobile (Renault 5), Geigercounter, jutebag, sand, barbed wire, steel, video projector, binoculars, announced nuclear tests data from the United States, England, China, France and the Soviet Union


The   entire   walls   of   the   exhibition   space   were   lined   from   top   to   bottom   with   handmade   wall- paper   covered  in  tiny  text—recorded   data   of   all   the  nuclear  tests  that  have  been  made  pub- lic  in  the  United  States,  Britain,  France,  China,  and  former  Soviet  Union  from  1945  to  the  present.

One hundred binoculars were hung at the entrance wall.   Viewers were encouraged to pick up the binoc- ulars to “investigate” the data and “face the truth.”  The use of binoculars is an ironic reminder of the actual tours, which were offered by the U.S. Government to nuclear test sites in the 1950s, where tour- ists were advised to use the binoculars and sunglasses to observe the atomic blasts “for their own safety.” Viewers were able to walk inside the mock shelter and climb up a ladder to sit in the drivers seat.  A projector was hidden inside the hood, which projected a series of propaganda footage of nuclear bombs made by the American government to proclaim the safety of nuclear testing, and the tests carried out in the world.

The film also demonstrates how to make a fallout shelter underneath a vehicle. The installation reminds one of a drive-in theater, which was also popular in the U.S. in the 1950s; however, the movie one confronts here shows the explosion of the fearful mushroom clouds that threaten the people and the planet earth.

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