Concept of Museum

Concept of Museum
Hiroshi Senju

I have always believed that beauty can be created by the harmony of dissimilar things. I had hoped that creating this museum with an avant-garde architect would result in a new kind of space seen nowhere else. And that is exactly what is happening. A brand-new type of space is appearing before our eyes, one I have come across nowhere else in the world. Here surrounded by the nature of Karuizawa, a popular destination for escaping the heat of summer, we are building a museum full of light. My works are displayed by date, here in this ideal space. I will be most delighted if many visitors come to the museum and experience the feelings of beauty, courage and the power of life, and make new discoveries for themselves.

Hiroshi Senju

Photo: Kazuya Yamaguchi
1958
Born in Tokyo, Japan
1982
Graduated Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, BFA
1984
MFA, The Graduate School of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Graduation work purchased by Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
1987
Completed the Ph.D. program in Fine Arts at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Graduation work purchased by The University of Tokyo
1989
The End of Dream, solo exhibition, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, Australia
1990
History of Japanese-Style Painting, group exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan
1993
Selected on cover of Art Now Gallery Guide – New York
Flatwater, solo exhibition, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, USA
1994
Hiroshi Senju: 1980-1994, solo exhibition, Takamura Museum, Yamanashi, Japan
Received 4th Kenbuchi Picture Book Award for Picture book When Stardust Falls....., Japan
1995
Hiroshi Senju, solo exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Received Honorable Mention at 46th La Biennale di Venezia, Italy
1996
Hiroshi Senju – Waterfalls & Glasses, solo exhibition, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
1998
Received Konju-hosho (Dark Blue Ribbon Medal) for Hachigatsu no Sora to Kumo (August Sky and Clouds) collected by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
2000
Received Michiaki Kawakita Award, for Life, exhibited in Ryoyonome Exhibition: Painting in the 21st Century, Japan
2002
The New Way of Tea, group exhibition, Japan Society and Asia Society, New York, U.S.A.
Received Grand Prize, 13th MOA Mokichi Okada Award, Japan
The Scent and Shape of Ink, group exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2003
Paintings on Fusuma at the Jukoin of Daitokuji Temple, group exhibition, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Kaiga no Genzai (Present-day Art), group exhibition, Bandaijima City Museum, Niigata, Japan
Essence of Contemporary Nihonga, group exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
Contemporary Japanese Painting, group exhibition, Okazaki Mindscape Museum, Aichi, Japan
Mural for the foyer of Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
2004
Art direction for Tokyo International Airport, Haneda, Terminal 2, Tokyo, Japan
2005
Lexus L-Finesse, Milano Salone. Teatro Arte, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Hiroshi Senju -77 Panels of fusuma-e for Jukoin Annex of Daitokuji Temple, solo exhibition, Fukuoka Asian Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2006
The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Designed dial face of a watch, Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre, 75th anniversary special limited edition
Naoshima Standard 2, Benesse Art Site, Kagawa, Japan
Hiroshi Senju, solo exhibition, Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2007
Masterpiece Collection of Yamatane Museum of Art, group exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Toyama, Japan
Paintings on fusuma at Shofuso, Philadelphia, USA
Hyakubashira wo Tateru, Kusokuzeshiki, Senju Hiroshi (Building One Hundred Pillars, Emptiness is the form, Hiroshi Senju) Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan
Harukanaru Aoi Hikari, solo exhibition, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA
2008
Still / Motion : Liquid Crystal Painting, group exhibition, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie, Japan; traveling to The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Osaka, Japan; and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Wall painting, Akasaka Biz Tower (TBS), Tokyo, Japan
2009
Art House project Ishibashi, Benesse Art Site, Kagawa, Japan
New Light from a Far, solo exhibition, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Los Angels, USA
Out of Nature: Cliffs and Falling Water, solo exhibition, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2010
The Invitations to 20th Century Art, group exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Gifu, Japan
Masterpiece Collection of Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art, group exhibition, Takasaki Tower Museum of Art, Gunma, Japan
Senju Hiroshi: World of Blue – Echoes of Higashiyama Kaii, Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum, Kagawa, Japan
Art Direction for APEC Japan 2010, Yokohama, Japan
Art Direction for new Tokyo International Airport; international terminal and expanded terminal 2, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Art Direction for new building of Japan Railways Hakata Station
Water, Fire and Earth. The Source of Creativity, group exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
The 5th Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China
Vision of Nature, Lost and Found, in Asian Contemporary Art, group exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Art Direction for Gucci 90th anniversary archive exhibition at Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
2012
Cliffs, solo exhibition, Sundaram Tagore gallery, New York, USA
Mural for OUB Centre, Singapore
Stage Design for The Japanese Classical Dance with Orchestra, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan
2013
Stage Design for Opera KAMIKAZE, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan
Mural for Ekoin Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Art Direction for Sazaedo building, Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan
Art Direction for Message Cherry Blossoms project, KITTE Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan
Day Falls/Night Falls solo exhibition, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong
The Tale of Genji – the Skies of Heian Period, solo exhibition, Sagawa Art Museum, Shiga, Japan

Hiroshi Senju was president of Kyoto University of Art & Design from 2007 to 2013, presently professor of Kyoto University of Art & Design, director of Koyodo Museum, president of joint education system of Kyoto University of Art & Design and Tohoku University of Art & Design, member of masters committee of L'ÉCOLE of Van Cleef & Arpels, and advisor of The Tokugawa Museum.

Hiroshi Senju website http://www.hiroshisenju.com/