The Hirayama Ikuo Museum 平山郁夫美術館

Tribute to the child of the country

In the Seto Inland Sea, the small island of Ikuchijima was the birthplace of one of Japan's most famous contemporary painters, Ikuo Hirayama (1930-2009). Since 1997, in his homeland, a museum has been entirely dedicated to him.

First, in favor of nuclear disarmament . Called to work at the Hiroshima ammunition depot in 1945, Hirayama was a hibakusha, a survivor of the atomic bomb that hit the city on August 6. A victim of radiation and affected by several cancers throughout his life, the artist was a fervent pacifist .

This commitment also shines through in his work. Thus, one of his most famous works, "The Holocaust of Hiroshima", is a ferocious denunciation of this tragic event . The latter is also compared by some art critics to the mythical "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso for its political significance.


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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Phone

    +81 845-27-3800
  • Timetable

    By boat: From Onomichi, 40 minutes by boat to Setoda Port or 25 minutes from Mihara Port. The museum is a 10-minute walk from Setoda Port. By car: Nishiseto Expressway (Shimanami Kaido), 10 minutes from Ikuchijima-Kita Highway Interchange Exit (from Honshu) or 10 minutes from the exit of the Ikuchijima-Minami highway interchange (coming from Shikoku)
  • Price

    Adult: 900 yen. Child: 200 yen.
  • Access

    Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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