49th Contemporary and International Art Auction
Photo-certificate by Associazione Shozo Shimamoto with Archive no. 359 hand signed by the artist
Literature: "Shozo Shimamoto, recent works", from 10/05/18 to 30/06/18 by Ilaria Porotto at Galleria Dellupi Arte, Milano, p. 34, 35, 36, 37. Work displayed in the above exhibition as indicated on the label on the reverse.
Work belonging to an important performance by Shimamoto; we report an excerpt of an interview to Shimamoto by Andrea Mardegan of the Shozo Shimamoto Association, in which he asks the Master:
"One of your most important recent achievements is the Heiwa no Akashi peace monument in Shin Nishinomiya, the concrete arena that you regenerate with the launch of colored bottles every year, as long as Japan has not entered the war?"
Shimamoto replies: "It all started in 1986 when Bern Porter came to visit me. Bern Porter was a nuclear physicist who had participated in the Manhattan Project during the Second World War, but who was then shocked that a bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima even though the emperor had already given up ... Bern Porter regretted his contribution to that experiment, became mail artist and started making pilgrimages in the world to ask for forgiveness. In my atelier he was crying saying that to expiate his sins would not be eight death sentences were enough. At that moment I decided to promote peace in the world and I also told him my pacifist ideas. After hearing of my activities, Bern Porter proposed me as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, which I did not take however, I continued to promote peace and in 1999 I started the Heiwa no Akashi project. "
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