|Event Start Date||11/13/2021|
|Event/Announcement Name||日本画家 千住博氏展示会~Senju’s Waterfall for Chicago~|
|Organizer Name||The Art Institute of Chicago|
Cascades of white pigment rhythmically stream across the panels of a pair of folding screens.
Under a combination of white light and UV lighting, the works evocatively express the force and motion of falling water.
These enchanting painted screens are the work and a gift of Senju (born 1958), a contemporary proponent of Nihonga, traditional Japanese painting. Known for his signature Waterfall works, Senju created the panels on view at the Art Institute specifically for the museum’s Gallery 109, the space designed by architect Andō Tadao. Thinking of the exhibition as a collaboration between himself and the architect through time, Senju tailored the scale and lighting to best suit this distinctive space.
Senju’s experiential installations resonate with audiences worldwide. He is internationally recognized for his installations at Benesse Art Site Naoshima in Japan and the Venice Biennale, among other locations. It was in Venice in 1995 that he first premiered his Waterfall paintings to great acclaim. Since then, he has completed several commissions, notably for Haneda Airport in Tokyo and most recently Kongōbuji temple on Kōyasan.