Exhibition Tour

Antinuclear Exhibition: "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons"

The exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" was created by the SGI in 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Soka Gakkai Second President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (made on September 8, 1957).

The exhibition was launched on September 8, 2007, in New York at a civil society forum to galvanize public opinion toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and the creation of a culture of peace, specifically aimed at mobilizing youth. Since its launch, the exhibition has been shown in more than 200 cities in 25 countries. Noteworthy showings include those at the United Nations Office at Geneva, during the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee session in April-May 2008, the Mexican Senate Building during the 62nd Annual UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference in September 2009, the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre during the Parliament of the World’s Religions in December 2009, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum in February 2010, and the Vienna International Centre in October 2010. Complete versions are available in English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Nepali, with partial translations in Serbian and Macedonian.

The exhibition consists of four sections with a total of 36 panels.

  • ・ Section 1: Ensuring Human Security
  • ・ Section 2: Arms-Based Security vs. Human Security
  • ・ Section 3: Changing Our Worldview
  • ・ Section 4: Global Efforts for Peace

Nuclear weapons stand at the top of the pyramid of violence, the pervasive influence of which hangs heavily over our daily lives as conflicts between communities, distrust, crime, domestic violence and abuse. At the bottom of this pyramid lies the silent, passive form of violence that is a lack of concern for others' sufferings. The exhibition emphasizes that the fundamental solution to the nuclear issue--as well as a transformation from arms-based security to human security, from a culture of war to a culture of peace--requires a change in the human heart and that we triumph over violence.

To view pictures of showings held in various countries, click either image

  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan (May 2008)
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan (May 2008)
  • Geneva, Switzer]land (May 2008)
    Geneva, Switzerland (May 2008)

http://www.sgi.org/resource-center/ngo-resources/peace-disarmament/transforming-the-human-spirit.html

List of venues where THS has been held
As of April, 2013, the exhibition—available in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Nepali—has been shown in over 230 cities in 31 countries and territories including the following:

April 2007 Honolulu, USA The School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii
August 2007 Wellington, New Zealand New Zealand Parliament (The Beehive)
August 2007 Winnipeg, Canada Forks Market
September 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Soka Gakkai Malaysia Wisma Kebudayaan
March 2008 Singapore The Singapore Expo
March 2008 Taiwan 40 universities around Taiwan
April to May 2008 Geneva, Switzerland United Nations Office at Geneva (NPT PrepCom)
May 2008 Kathmandu, Nepal Nepal SGI Peace Centre
June 2008 Santiago, Dominican Republic Cibao Grand Theater
July 2008 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia Progress Gallery
August 2008 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia Mala Stanica
August 2008 San José, Costa Rica The Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture
October 2008 Brandsen, Argentina Brandsen Culture Centre
April 2009 Oslo, Norway Oslo City Hall Gallery
June 2009 Chimbote, Peru San Pedro University
September 2009 Mexico City, Mexico The Mexican Senate in conjunction with UN DPI/NGO conference
October 2009 Hong Kong The Hong Kong Institute of Education
November 2009 Stockholm, Sweden ABF (International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament)
November to December 2009 Helsinki, Finland The Finnish Coeducational School, Conference Centre
December 2009 Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Convention Centre
December 2009 to January 2010 Copenhagen, Denmark DGI-City and Danish Technical University for Science and Engineering
January to February 2010 Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Manila, Philippines Capitol University
February 2010 Nagasaki, Japan Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
February 2010 Bangkok, Thailand Paragon Shopping Center
October 2010 Vienna, Austria United Nations Office at Vienna (Vienna International Centre)
December 2010 London, UK School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
February 2011 Mexico City, Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with a ceremony commemorating the 44th anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco
February 2011 Rome, Italy Conference Hall of Palazzo Marini, the House of Deputies
October 2011 Berlin, Germany Urania
November 2011 Massachusetts, USA Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government
February 2012 Hong Kong The University of HongKong
September 2012 New Mexico, USA Prominent Nuclear Science Museum
March 2013 Manama, Bahrain Bahrain National Museum and Seef Mall
April 2013 Reykjavik, Iceland City Hall
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