Concept of Museum
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.
Painter. President of Kyoto University of Art and Design. Born in 1958, in Tokyo. He graduated from the Department of Japanese Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts in 1982. He completed his MFA, The Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts in 1984, and his graduation work was purchased by his University. He completed his Ph.D. (A.B.D) at the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the same university in 1987, and his graduation work was purchased by The University of Tokyo. In 1995, he became the first Asian to win an honorable mention prize for work exhibited at the 46th Venice Biennale, which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Biennale. In 2002, his works of the sliding-door paintings for the Jukoin Betsuin, Daitokuji, were open to the public for the first time. He won the 13th MOA Mokichi Okada Award (Grand Prize Award of Painting Division). In 2003, he produced a wall painting 3 meters in height and 25 meters in length at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. In 2004, he worked as an art producer/director for the Domestic Terminal 2 building of Tokyo International Airport(Haneda). In 2005, he participated in the 44th Milano Salone “Lexus L-Finesse” group exhibition, Milan, Italy. Also he participated as a stage director for “All about Noh and Kyogen: Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tradition in Bloom” at the Exposition of Global Harmony (EXPO 2005). In 2006, he participated in the 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Republic of Korea. In 2007, sliding-door painting works for Shofuso were opened to the public in Philadelphia. In 2008, he produced a wall painting 8 meters in height and 24 meters in length at Akasaka Biz Tower (TBS renewal building). He also produced a wall painting 2.3 meters in height and 10 meters in length at Shinjuku 3-chome Station of Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line. In 2009, the main building of Benesse Art Site Naoshima Ishibashi Project was completed and opened to the public. In 2010, he participated in Setouchi International Art Festival, and produced art works for the new International Flight Passenger Terminal Building of Tokyo International Airport(Haneda), in addition, Senju organized the decoration and composition of the venue using modern Japanese paintings at APEC Japan 2010. In 2011, he worked as an art director for the wall painting of the new Terminal Building of JR Hakata Station, and also he worked as an art producer/director for the Domestic Terminal 1 building of Tokyo International Airport(Haneda). He participated in the 5th Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China. He holds many solo and group exhibitions, and writes numerous books.
Hiroshi Senju website http://www.hiroshisenju.com/