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  1. The photo series "Fallout" by photographer Sim Chi Yin is part of the exhibition Ban the Bomb. (Poto: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center)

  2. Left: Hatches over silos which in the 1970s held missiles meant to shoot down incoming Soviet warheads, North Dakota, November 2017. Right: The North Korean city of Hyesan, about 120km from North Korea's nuclear test site, October 2017.

    Photo: "Fallout" by Sim Chi Yin for the Nobel Peace Center/2017
  3. An original sign from the Hanford Site sits in an outer room inside the B Reactor building in Washington State, western United States.

    Photo: "Fallout" by Sim Chi Yin for the Nobel Peace Center/2017
  4. The items are unfortunately temporary unavailable due to maintenance. We do apologize for the inconvenience. Personal belongings of victims of the 1945 nuclear bombs are presented for the first time in Northern Europe. (Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center)

Ban the Bomb

12 Dec 2017–25 Nov 2018

A real-life account of the global nuclear threat and a tribute to this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, ICAN, that is working to ban all nuclear weapons.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize exhibition is called Ban the Bomb and offers a reflection on the human experience with nuclear weapons in the past and in the present. In its justification for awarding ICAN the prize, the Nobel Committee wrote that, “We live in a world where the danger of nuclear weapons is greater than it has been for a long time. Atomic weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth.”

Through sound, photos and artefacts, the audience is given a special experience of the enormity of the nuclear threat. In the exhibition, the audience is also taken back to the disaster when the atomic bombs hit Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Personal belongings of victims of the 1945 nuclear bombs are presented for the first time in Northern Europe.

These artefacts left by victims of the 1945 atomic bombs bear silent, but strong, witness to the devastating impact on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and above all on the human beings that were living there. –Liv Tørres, Director of the Nobel Peace Center

The belongings are presented alongside unique photographs by this year’s Peace Prize photographer, internationally acclaimed visual artist Sim Chi Yin. Her photo series Fallout shows how today’s nuclear treat is visible in the landscape of two of the world’s nuclear powers. On commission for the Nobel Peace Center, Sim Chi Yin travelled along the border of Norh Korea and across six American states to photograph for the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition.

I set out to create a series of images pairing the landscapes of North Korea with those of the United States – which are the only country to test nuclear weapons in the 21st Century and the only country to use them. I found some interesting, uncanny parallels, which led me to reflect on the human experience with nuclear weapons, past and present. Given the current global worries over the recent North Korean missile tests, and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington, it feels particularly timely to reflect on this issue. -Sim Chi Yin, photographer

The exhibition is also a manifestation of hope, and through showcasing the work against nuclear weapons, focusing on ICAN’s groundbreaking efforts to put in place an international ban on nuclear weapons. In the exhibition, we also invite the audience to join the fight against nuclear weapons.

I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.
–Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 1989

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize exhibition is the thirteenth consequential Nobel Peace Prize exhibition since the opening of the Nobel Peace Center in 2005. It was opened by the Nobel Peace Prize laureaute ICAN, represented by its international leader Beatrice Fihn, on December 11, 2017. It is open to the public until the end of November 2018. The exhibition is designed by Christine Lohre. The exhibition is supported by the City of Oslo.


2016 Hope over Fear
The twelfth Nobel Peace Prize exhibition is a strong portrait of Peace Prize laureate, President Juan Manuel Santos, and the Colombian people. Danish photographer Mads Nissen traveled around Colombia in the weeks following the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize. With his camera, he created an intimate and powerful portrait of the Colombian people, tired of war and violence, longing for peace and building it day by day.

2015 The Tunisian Method
This exhibition tells the story of Tunisia after the Arab Spring, about the road from chaos and mass protests to a new constitution and free elections. It’s about a cooperation, a country and its people.  In its announcement of the Peace Prize to the National Dialogue Quartet, the Norwegian Nobel Committee emphasized that the Prize also intended as an “encouragement to the Tunisian people who”.

2014 Malala and Kailash
The exhibition tells the story of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi’s unstoppable fight for children’s rights. Both Peace Prize laureates took active part in shaping the exhibition. Malala recorded a personal video message, and honouring her own wish, the school uniform she wore when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in October 2012, was part of the exhibition. Kailash Satyarthi took Lynsey Addario along on raids to liberate child labourers, and to various centres where the children are offered a new and better life. In an in-depth interview with the BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, he talks about activism, setbacks and the importance of a secure childhood.

2013 OPCW – Combating Chemical Weapons
In the ninth consecutive Nobel Peace Prize Exhibiton, the audience for the first time gets to experience how the OPCW inspectors monitor, identify and destroy chemical weapons. Photographer was the world renowned Paolo Pellegrin from the photo agency Magnum Photos. With American war correspondent and writer Scott Anderson’s short texts, the graphic and strong black and white images provide a rare insight into the daily lives of the weapon inspectors.

2012 EU – Europe from War to Peace
For the first time in history, generations of Europeans are living without fear of war in their own country. The Peace Prize Laureate Exhibition 2012 takes you from yesterday’s Europe where conflicts were settled on bloody battlefields, to present day Europe where conflicts are resolved through negotiation. It shows how the EU has contributed, and continues to contribute, to promote and secure peace, democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

The exhibition portrayed the three brave heroines and laureates Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee from Liberia and Tawakkol Karman from Yemen. The Norwegian photographer Espen Rasmussen accompanied the Peace Prize laureates during several hectic days in November before they arrived in Oslo to receive the Peace Prize in December.

2010 Liu Xiaobo – I have No Enemies
In Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo’s defendant’s speech made on 23 December 2009, prior to him being sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment, he stated: “I have no enemies”. These words inspired the Nobel Peace Center in creating a portrait of the imprisoned peace activist. The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition told the story of Liu Xiaobo’s brave and sustained struggle for fundamental human rights in China: from participation in the Tiananmen protests of 1989 and up until Charter 08.

2009 Barack H. Obama – A Call to Action
Barack H. Obama regarded the Nobel Peace Prize as “a call to action”. This also became the title of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition. The exhibition was inspired by the connections between Alfred Nobel’s will and Obama’s visions and efforts to strenghten international diplomacy and multilateral cooperation, and a world free from nuclear weapons. The exhibition consisted of two parts: a series of large photo portraits of President Barack H. Obama by photographers Callie Shell and Pete Souza. The second part told the story of Nobel’s will and Obama’s work for fraternity between nations, with books and images, texts and films, and interactive games. The exhibition also featured reactions to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama.

2008 Martti Ahtisaari – The Broker
During three decades, the former Finnish President has played a vital role in the peace and reconciliation work done in Namibia, Kosovo, Iraq, Northern Ireland and the Aceh Province in Indonesia. In 2008 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In this exhibition, Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen and BBC journalist Lyse Doucet gave a glimpse into the work of Martti Ahtisaari.

2007 Al Gore and the IPCC – Fever
The exhibition, like the Peace Prize, was divided in two parts. The world renowned photographer Anton Corbijn showed six portraits of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore, bringing out sides of Gore that are rarely seen: Playful and casual, surrounded by the nature he works to preserve. Pictures and text from the article series ”A Globe in Crisis”, featured in the Norwegian business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv also were part of the exhibition. Photographer Ørjan F. Ellingvåg and journalist Frode Frøyland covered the activity of the IPCC, The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change.

2006 A Fistful of Dollars
The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition focused on the work of Muhammad Yunus and The Grameen Bank. Photographer Linda Næsfeldt’s striking pictures presented a man and an institution that give poor people hope and a possibility to create a dignified life for themselves.

2005 Make Power, Not War
Mohamed ElBaradei considers the nuclear threat of today to be greater than ever before. IAEA controls over 900 facilities for nuclear power in 71 countries in order to prevent dissemination of nuclear weapons. At the same time, IAEA promotes civilian use of nuclear power and related technology. The exhibition highlighted this controversial double role.