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Works by Chikuha Otake | Eiko + Koma
Works by Chikuha Otake

Works by Chikuha Otake

As a part of Eiko's new Duet Project: Distance is Malleable, Eiko researched and learned about her grandfather, painter Chikuha Otake (1878-1936), who died 16 years before Eiko was born. Eiko travelled to see his paintings, read his published essays and created a duet with his paintings and words. A duet with a dead person's work is an attempt to learn about the dead, his art, and take in and share the remains of the dead. It is to also discover and nurture the self in relationship to the dead.

Chikuha Otake (1878-1936) was a praised figure in traditional Japanese painting. He earned many national awards in his early career. But later his experimenting with more ambitious styles and his anti-mainstream sentiments were shunned by the field authorities. Out of his frustration, he ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives in 1915. His loss brought him much debt and his reputation was severely damaged.

In 2018 spring, Eiko travelled to see the exhibition held at Suiboku Museum in Toyama, Japan that marked the 140th anniversary of Chikuha Otake’s birth and was the first large-scale showing of his work more than 80 years after his death. Eiko performed alone in the gallery without any audience members. In September 2018, Eiko also performed with his painting in the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art.