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Manabu Ikeda: Flowers from the Wreckage


Mueller Family Gallery,

Cohen Family Gallery


Feb 2-May 26, 2024

Manabu Ikeda, Rebirth, 2013-16 pen, acrylic ink and transparent watercolour on paper, mounted on board, 118.11 x 157.48 in, collection of Saga Prefectural Art Museum. Digital Archive: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD. ©️IKEDA Manabu, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo / Singapore

Manabu Ikeda

Curated by Kiriko Watanabe for the Audain Art Museum


Painstakingly drawing with pen and ink, Manabu Ikeda slowly and methodically builds worlds that are both profoundly familiar and also beyond comprehension. The artist draws inspiration from his surroundings to bring attention and awe to the audience, and also to warn about the painful reality of climate change and environmental disasters. They are both otherworldly and our world reflected in all its trouble and potential. 

The first North American retrospective of its kind, Manabu Ikeda: Flowers from the Wreckage presents over 50 works spanning the past 25 years. Organized by the Audain Art Musuem (Whistler, Canada) and curated by Kiriko Watanabe, Gail & Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator, the show includes several of Ikeda’s renowned monumental works including Foretoken (2008), Meltdown (2013) and Rebirth (2013-16), each about the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the most devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power disaster in the country’s recorded history. 

moCa Cleveland's presentation marks the United States debut of this exhibition.

Lead support by Dealer Tire.

Artist Residency

Manabu Ikeda will be in residence at moCa multiple times during the exhibition, working on a new, monumental drawing in a temporary studio within moCa's Mueller Family Gallery. We will update this page with the days and times when audience members will have access to watch him work and talk with guides about his practice.

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