This large scale reproduction print of Meltdown by Manabu Ikeda is produced using the highest quality pigmented ink in 100% acid-free cotton fine art paper, mounted and suitable for hanging.
Manabu Ikeda (Japanese, b. 1973) is a contemporary artist who has received international recognition for creating highly detailed dream worlds drawn with pen and ink. A recurring theme in his work is the struggle between nature and humankind’s industrial development and material consumption. Meltdown is the first work in which Ikeda engaged directly with a contemporary sociopolitical issue, namely the risks of generating electricity with atomic energy. He created this pictorial allegory in response to the nuclear accident that occurred in 2011 at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi powerplant in the wake of a tsunami.
In July 2013, Ikeda began a three-and-a-half year residency at the Chazen Museum of Art, where he created a monumental work that explored themes of life, death, and resiliency in response to the 2011 tsunami in Japan. That work, titled Rebirth, is now in the collection of the Saga Prefecture Art Museum in Japan.
Meltdown is in the permanent collection of the Chazen Museum of Art. Credit: Manabu Ikeda (Japanese, b. 1973), Meltdown, 2013, acrylic ink on paper mounted on board, Colonel Rex W. and Maxine Schuster Radsch Endowment Fund purchase, 2013.24
28″ H x 22″ W