Chiharu Shiota

Selected works


Born in 1972 in the Japanese city of Osaka, Chiharu Shiota has been living and working in Berlin since 1997. Using woven yarn, the artist combines performance, body art and installations in a process that places at its center the body. Her protean artistic approach plays with the notions of temporality, movement and dreams, and demands a dual engagement from the viewer, both physical and emotional. In recent years, Chiharu Shiota has been widely exhibited around the world, including at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2003), the New Museum of Jakarta and the SCAD Museum of Art, USA (2017), the K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf (2014), the Smithsonian, Washington DC (2014) and Japan’s Kochi Museum of Art (2013). In 2015 Chiharu Shiota represented Japan at the Venice Biennale with her installation The Key in the Hand. In 2018, she is exhibiting at the Museum of Kyoto; and in 2019 she exhibited at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo throught a exhibition illuminating the artist's entire works.


Chiharu Shiota’s solo show Eye to Eye, including an in-situ installation, at Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich opens on June 1, 2023.

Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich From June 1 to September 10, 2023



To inaugurate the redesigned lobby of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Chiharu Shiota is exhibiting an installation through August 27, 2023.

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Until August 27, 2023


GROUP SHOW – Narrative Threads: Fiber Art Today

As part of the group show Narrative Threads: Fiber Art Today at the Moody Center for the Arts, Chiharu Shiota and Billie Zangewa will exhibit their works from January 13 to May 13, 2023.


The artists featured in the exhibition speak to contemporary issues of identity, gender, race, sexuality, and power through a medium with deep, multicultural roots that predate written history. 

Moody Center for the Arts, Houston

From January 13 to May 13, 2023



The solo show “Invisible Line” by Chiharu Shiota has opened at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark. The artist shows six large scale installations allowing the audience to dive into her distinctive universes.

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark

Through April 16, 2023



As part of the group exhibition JAPAN. BODY_PERFORM_LIVE at  PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, the new installation Empty Body by Chiahru Shiota will be exhibited through February 12, 2023.


The exhibition investigates the Japanese contemporary art of the 2000s, focusing on how bodies and performances are connected to society, environment, materiality and technology. 

Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan

Through February 12, 2023


SOLO SHOW – Silent Word

Chiharu Shiota has designed an installation made of interwoven threads especially for her new solo exhibition “Silent Words” at Schauwerk Sindelfingen in Germany. The installation with the same name fills the space with letters floating from a centered desk and chair into the sky, stretching over black ropes. The letters expand into the space like a universe of thoughts and emotions, but no one can hear them.

Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany

Through October 8, 2023



As part of the Bangkok Art Biennale, Chiharu Shiota is exhibiting her installation Eye of the Storm until February 13, 2023.

Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok

From October 22, 2022 to February 13, 2023


SOLO SHOW – Circulating Memories

Chiharu Shiota’s work is currently displayed in her new exhibition, Circulating Memories, in Oita at Beppu Project, Japan. 

Beppu Project, Oita, Japan

Through October 16, 2022



Specimen Room used to be a room for anatomical specimens when this was a nursing school, works by Shiota Chiharu made of glass, thread, and wire are being exhibited along with specimens that remain in their glass cases. 

Aichi Arts Center, Japan

From July 30 to October 10, 2022


INSTALLATION –  Manifesta 14

For this installation, Shiota has chosen to work with red yarn, a colour she associates with blood, the body and human relationships. Into the vast entanglement of her “three-dimensional drawing”, the artist has woven personal stories of birth, childhood, family and country, religion, love and death. Each was written by someone from Kosovo.

Manifesta 14, Kosovo

From July 22 to October 30, 2022


SOLO SHOW – Living Inside 

For its 14th Carte blanche to contemporary art, the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet invites Chiharu Shiota. For her first solo exhibition in a museum in France, the artist addresses the shores of this new anxiety, that of the Covid era. With her threads, Chiharu Shiota weaves an inextricable protective network around a daily life that has become tiny; this scale, which is new in her work, refers to her experience, to the experience of all of us, of isolation in our homes. 

Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet, Paris

From March 16, 2022 to June 6, 2022


In the beginning was… – Permanent work

Chiharu Shiota created a site-specific installation for the Planta Project “In the beginning was…” in the industrial complex of La Plana del Corb. The colours, shapes and textures of the environment inspired Shiota to use stone for the first time in one of her installations. She chose it as a material, not only because of the relationship with the landscape of Planta, but also for its link with the origin of the universe.

Planta Project, Complejo industrial La Plana del Corb, Balaguer, Lleida, Spain


The Soul Trembles – Solo exhibition

“The Soul Trembles” is the largest exhibition devoted to the internationally active artist Chiharu Shiota. On display are some one hundred works ranging from her 1990s output to her latest pieces. In addition to large-scale installation, there are sculptures, performance videos, photographs, drawings, and materials related to her stage design projects. 

Among these works are large-scale installations in which black and red threads run through and envelop the entire space, constituting one of her most representative artwork series. The countless lines traced out in thread allude to various phenomena and a complex array of links and connections, while also beckoning us towards the deepest reaches of existence. At the root of these works lie Shiota’s incessantly-pursued themes of life and death, as well as a fundamental inquiry into what we all pursue in life, and where we are heading.
The subtitle of this exhibition, “The Soul Trembles,” refers to the emotional stirrings of the heart that cannot be put into words, in addition to being a manifestation of thoughts the artist hopes to convey to others. 

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

No. 181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zongschan Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan

From May 1st to August 29, 2021


Direction of consciousness – solo exhibition

Chiharu Shiota presents her first solo exhibition at Chaumont-sur-Loire. She has created spaces that are bereft of any human presence, of any physical presence but where threads of memory, symbols of time are woven into a web that links inert objects to the past, to moments, to presences that now only exist in memory.

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

From April 2 to November 1, 2021


Chiharu Shiota « Memory of Water » – permanent work

For the 10th anniversary of the prohect “Arts Towada” that transforms the city into a museum of art, the Towada Art Center is replacing his permanent artwork and displaying the deposited works for the first time since its opening.

On this occasion, Chiharu Shiota will unveil the work “Memory of Water” on April 1st, 2021. This is part of a series of work using boat and threads that has been presented in other exhibitions in Japan and around abroad. It is Chiharu Shiota’s first permanent work in a public museum of art in Japan.

April 1st, 2021

Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan


“Connected to life” – solo exhibition

Chiharu Shiota’s inspiration often emerges from a personal experience or emotion, which she expands into universal human concerns such as life, death, and relationships. 

The installation “Connected to life” consists of more than 50 hanging beds that cascade from the ceiling to the floor. The flow of life, which suddenly came to an end for so many because of the Corona virus with its many deaths, is present in the installation through the blood flowing through the tubes just as blood flows through the human body. Reminding us metaphorically that “the world today is a hospital” (Peter Weibel), the installation conveys a lightness that veils the weight of the subject.

Zentrum für Kunst und Medium (ZKM), Lorenzstrasse 19, Karlsruhe (Germany)

From March 17 to July 11, 2021


“The web of time” – permanent displays

“I want the viewer to reflect on their inner self, on their life – past, present, and future…” – Chiharu Shiota

In “The web of time”, countless intertwined strands connect numbers across time and space. The installation which is part of the Te Papa museum’s permanent collection creates the vision of a night sky studded with constellations of numbers. These numbers – scattered like stars in the night sky – represent meaningful dates in history, both collective and personal. As Chiharu Shiota says, “Numbers confort us. We share dates that are important to us, and they help us understand ourselves.”

permanent displays

Museum of New Zealand  Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington


Lifelines – Solo Show

Chiharu Shiota’s body of work is celebrated in the retrospective exhibition Linhas da Vida (Lifelines), on view this fall at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – São Paulo.
The exhibition presents seminal works by the artist, including The Key in the Hand (2015) and the brand new work Além da Memória (2019), inspired by the diversity of the Brazilian people and the historical architecture of the CCBB-SP.

From January 13, 2021 to April 19, 2021



Linhas da Vida – Solo Show

The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – Rio de Janeiro is the last location of the touring exhibition of Chiharu Shiota “Linhas da Vida”, that has been traveling since beginning of 2020 through Brazil. It is the first extensive solo exhibition presented in the country, showing works spanning over 25 years of artistic career. The exhibition includes the site-specific installations “Beyond Memory”, “Two Boats, One Direction” and “Internal Line”.

From January 13rd to April 19th, 2021

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro, R. Primeiro de Março, 66 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


Chiharu Shiota: The web of time – Solo show

The web of time, an installation by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, is part of Te Papa’s permanent collection. This installation creates a vision of a night sky studded with constellations of numbers representing significant dates in history, both collective and personal.

Starting December 12, 2020

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand



The exhibition presents about 120 works by 33 artists from many different times and places, and a wide range of genres, including painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, and video. The spectator is invited to question the way in which each work highlights the theme of sleeping.

From November 25, 2020 to February 23, 2021

The National Museum of Modern Art, 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322, Japan


PUSH THE LIMITS – Group show

PUSH THE LIMITS is a project that investigates how art takes itself to the limit to move the horizon of thinking, perception and speech ever further in order to introduce new elements. The guest artists take this opportunity to reaffirm the urgency of unleashing the infinity of possibles.

From September 7, 2020 to March 11, 2021

Fondazione Merz, via Limone 24, 10141 Turin, Italy


OH! MY CITY – group show

PARADISE ART SPACE’s newest exhibition, ‘OH! MY CITY’ explores the various ways to interpret period and space in the city. Featuring 5 artists with strong individual characteristics, this exhibition presents a novel perspective on how to look at a city space and a good chance to reinterpret ‘My City.’ Presenting artists are Anibal Catalan, duo-group, Elmgreen & Dragset, Baekyung Lee, Chiharu Shiota, and Pablo Valbuena.

From June 18 to October 4, 2020

Paradise Art Space,186, Yeongjonghaeannam-ro 321-giln Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea


Internal Line – Solo Show

Until February 2020, Japan House – São Paulo is presenting Chiharu Shiota’s new work, Internal Line. Inspired by Japanese folklore, the work refer to the legend saying that a red thread tied to the finger of a newly born child runs from the heart to fingertips and intertwines with others’ thread, connecting them to each other.

JAPAN HOUSE, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL November 13, 2019 - February 2, 2020


Lifelines – Solo Show

Chiharu Shiota’s body of work is celebrated in the retrospective exhibition Linhas da Vida (Lifelines), on view this fall at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – São Paulo.
The exhibition presents seminal works by the artist, including The Key in the Hand (2015) and the brand new work Além da Memória (2019), inspired by the diversity of the Brazilian people and the historical architecture of the CCBB-SP.

CENTRO CULTURAL BANCO DO BRASIL, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL November 13, 2019 - January 27, 2020


Me Somewhere Else – Solo show

Presented in the Bernheim room, Me Somewhere Else (2018), a work of great visual strength, occupies a very special place in the artist’s production. Shiota talks about her fight against her illness, and the certainty that her mind will survive her body.




Talented Chiharu Shiota laid her artistic web entitled ‘Counting memories’ in a polish museum, in Katowice.
The immersive works gives a tangible perception of the universe, as the artist explains : “With this installation, I want to visualize the universe within this space. A massive cloud of intertwined lines fills the room; it floats above a collection of nine tables and chairs. The network holds hundreds of white numbers like stars in the night sky.”

From September 7, 2019 to October 4, 2020

Muzeum Slaskie, Dobrowolskiego 1 40-205 Katowice, Poland


Créatrices, l’émancipation par l’art – Group show

This major feminist exhibition dedicated to the women artists favors a thematic approach over a long period, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The exhibition brings together more than 80 works highlighting the emancipatory function of art, like Niki de Saint Phalle who gave power to the “Nanas”, her majestic female figures.


MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS, RENNES, FRANCE From 28/06/2019 to 29/09/2019


The Soul Trembles – Solo show

The exhibtion The Soul trembles will be the largest-ever solo exhibition by Chiharu Shiota. This will be the first opportunity to experience in detail twenty-five years of Shiota’s oeuvre; primarily in six large installations, plus sculptural works, video footage of performances, photographs, drawings, performing arts-related material, etc.

MORI ART MUSEUM, TOKYO, JAPAN From 20/06/2019 to 27/10/2019


Line of Thought – Solo show

Chiharu Shiota originally studied painting in Kyoto. She completed her studies in Berlin with Marina Abramovic and Rebecca Horn, whose influence is notable particularly in Shiota’s early works. She explores subjects such as memory and forgetting, presence and absence of the body as well as the interwoven and multi-faceted nature of human relationships.
All of her works form poetic, pulsating bodies within space and have a direct connection with her earlier performances. To Shiota, the threads and their interweaving also symbolize the extension of life beyond the body, such as in sleep and dreams, in thought and imagination – invisible connections that her webs make visible. 



And Berlin Will Always Need You. Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin -Group show

The Gropius Bau explores the concept of crafts and handmade processes in Berlin’s contemporary art scene, taking its history as a former museum for decorative arts and educational institution as a starting point.
Multiple aspects come into focus when looking at the selection of works exhibited, ranging from the ornamental and decorative, which is reminiscent of visual motifs found in Eastern religions and Byzantine mosaics, to the history of design in Modernism and the twentieth-century, involving craftsmanship from Berlin to South America. 
The exhibition shows the incredible variety of artistic practices that can be found in Berlin today and demonstrates the Gropius Bau’s commitment to continue to provide a regular platform for Berlin artists.

GROPIUS BAU, BERLIN, GERMANYFrom 22/13/2019 to 16/06/2019


Honolulu Biennale 2019

The title for this year’s Honolulu Biennial is drawn from the poem Manifesto by participating Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) artist ‘Imaikalani Kalahele.
Honolulu Biennial 2019 features 47 artists and artist collectives from Hawai’i and the countries and continents linked by the Pacific.

Honolulu Biennale, HONOLULU, HAWAÏFrom 08/03/2019 to 5/05/2019


Embodied – solo show

The solo exhibition features recent drawings and sculptures as well as photographs and videos of early performance work. In addition, the site-specific installation “Absence Embodied”, which has been acquired by the Gallery, is displayed at the Melrose Wing of European Art along with the installation “Internal” which is suspended from the galleries facade, allowing a glimpse of what lies inside.



Water and Land – Niigata Art Festival 2018 – group show

From ancient times, Niigata has had a strong connection with water and land as a port town and a major river town. This connection is the theme for the Water and Land Art Festival. Artists from around the world will display their artwork in the lower Shinano River area in the heart of Niigata City.

With among others Jaume Plensa, Yoichi Takada, Chiharu Shiota. 

NIIGATA CITY, JAPAN From 14/07/2018 to 08/10/2018


De fils ou de fibres – group show

Many artists today reappropriate, explore, or rework artisanal techniques that were long ignored: from yarn and weaving to knitting, patchwork, and even embroidery. The return to textiles goes far beyond the femininity with which it was traditionally associated. The experimentation leads to abundant artistic practices from protean installations to the object. 

The exhibition brings together the works of artists who use as their material yarn, rope, string, and even iron or plastic wire so long as these materials are shaped, knotted, or woven. Also featured are canvas, veil, felt … All of which is on show across the five floors of the abbey. 

With among others Chiharu Shiota, Mona Hatoum, Kapwani Kiwanga, Claire Morgan




Willkommen im Labyrinth – group show

Labyrinths are based on complex systems that challenge our orientation in a playful way. In a globalized world they become symbolic signs that give the growing feeling of confusion a tangible form. The motif of the labyrinth has also gained new significance in art. The room structures, many of which were developed especially for the exhibition, invite you to lose your way with passion, and to experience the search for orientation as a productive force.

Artists: Anne Hardy, Peter Kogler, Christian Odzuck, Royden Rabinowitch, Chiharu Shiota, Song Dong



The distance – solo show

The exhibition comprises photography, drawing and sculpture along with two large-scale installations, created specifically by Chiharu Shiota for the Gothenburg Museum of Art. The exhibition at the Gothenburg Museum of Art coincides with a presentation of Chiharu Shiota at the Wanås sculpture park in Skåne. Altogether, the two exhibitions offer a unique insight into the work of a highly relevant artist.Shiota’s artistry is presented in a comprehensive museum exhibition for the first time in Sweden.

GOTHENBURG MUSEUM OF ART, GOTEBORG, SWEDEN From 21/04/2018 to 30/09/2018


Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time – solo show

Acclaimed installation and performance artist Chiharu Shiota will create an awe-inspiring, site-specific installation of thread within the beautiful 18th-century Chapel in spring 2018. Embracing all who enter within an extraordinary experience, Shiota’s project will reference the Chapel’s rich history and years of human presence, dating back to 1744, making poignant allusion to the bells that were rung, the songs that were sung, and the lives that revolved around it, from cradle to grave.



Kyoto Art for Tomorrow – group show

Chiharu Shiota, The Butterfly Dream is featured in group show “Kyoto Art for Tomorrow” at the Museum of Kyoto.

MUSEUM OF KYOTO, KYOTO, JAPAN From 20/01/2018 to 04/02/2018


In Fact – group show

Elgiz Museum presents a new selection from the collection: In Fact. The exhibition focuses on the concepts of representation and the act of referring. In Fact includes works of different media and investigates the models of representation through the referred. How do we re-evaluate the increasingly impossible act of representation in the current post-truth era we face today; through constructed identities and the perception of social identity? The hollow dress titled State of Being by Chiharu Shiota, who represented the Japanese Pavillion at the previous Venice Biennale, bundles up a reality we know that exists, but is indescribable.

With : Ragip Basmazolmez, Ramazan Bayrakoğlu, Tracey Emın, Ozlem Günyol, Liu Chun Hai, Thomas Houseago, Bengü Karaduman, Ihsan Oturmak, Jım Shaw, Cındy Sherman, Chıharu Shıota, Tunca, Hale Tenger, Gavın Turk, Erwın Wurm, Pan Yue.

ELGIZ MUSEUM, ISTANBUL, TURKEY From 5/12/2017 to 30/04/2018


« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » – group show

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will bring together 73 international artists in Oostende chosen by curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos and will present 52 new creations of young and experienced artists.
The exhibition discusses the artist’s quest and the duality of the creation, based on isolation and engagement.
Artists from different generations and different paths were invited to question the link between « Le radeau de la méduse » (1818) of Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre’s work « Le Radeau est (pas) solitaire (1986) ».

The curators have the intention to stimulate the city in order to make it (re)discovered. Besides the well-known museum, they looked for more unsual places like the Peperbusse restaurant, le 
Palais de Justice, the Eurpacentrum building, the stables of the Wellington track race or the crypts of the Sint-Jozef church.

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will be an artistic journey disseminated in 22 places of the « City by the sea » .

OSTENDE, BELGIUMFrom 21/10/17 to 15/04/18


In good times and in bad. How to operate – group show

How can art endure, age, change? How can the museum design and cultivate relationships with artists, as well as with private and public partners? Indeed, how can it use and enrich the history of its own collection? How can the collection be developed and extended in future? Both in good times and in bad? A new special exhibition will address these questions, focussing in particular on one influential feature of the museum as a public site: it undertakes a responsibility over a long period, promoting discourse and fostering connections and relationships. 
Five artists from the contemporary collection – Monika Baer, Katharina Grosse, Svenja Kreh, Chiharu Shiota and Georg Winter – were asked for suggestions regarding which artist or which work they consider to a be fitting counterpart for their work. Not only does the Museum für Neue Kunst listen to these opinions, it also accords them a lot of weight. What has emerged from these consultations are a number of exciting and unusual connections, dissonances and collaborations which will be on show for a period of six months. 
This experimental format permits the museum to reflect upon its collection and readjust the paradigms and perspectives that attend it. At the same time, it represents an opportunity for a fresh approach to the museum’s duties: collecting, conserving, researching, exhibiting and educating. 

Curated by Christine Litz & Elena Frickmann

MUSEUM FÜR NEUE KUNST, FREIBURG, GERMANYFrom 14/10/2017 to 15/04/2017


Lost Words

Chiharu Shiota presents a major new site specific installation in Berlin’s oldest church, Nikolaikirche, ’Lost Words’, relating to the 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation and commissioned by the capital’s museum Stadtmuseumberlin

NIKOLAIKIRCHE, BERLINFrom 29/09/17 to 10/11/17


Accumulation of Power – solo show

“In spring 2017, as Le Havre marks its 500th anniversary, visual artists, designers, graphic artists, stage directors, novelists, will follow in the wake of Niemeyer and Monet to reinterpret this surprising city.

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota has been invited to invest architect Auguste Perret’s famous St Joseph Church. A whirlpool of red threads densely woven, irradiate the church concrete nave . An “Accumulation of power » which, as a black hole, grasps the spiritual powers concentrated in the buildings.

 “A church is a place also for spiritual energy even for people who are not religious. In my mind, every person in life has his/her own place of power. The red whirlpool construction embodies an accumulation of spiritual power.

In this construction, all ideas, thoughts and prayers of people having been in the church are accumulated, like in a storm » the artist explains.

Artistic director of A Summer in Le Havre : Jean Blaise.


EGLISE SAINT JOSEPH, LE HAVRE, FRANCE From 5/27/2017 to 10/08/2017

Daniel Templon – Portrait of a Gallery

On the 9th of March 2017, the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez, leading centre for arts and culture in Bordeaux, pays tribute to Daniel Templon through an important exhibition organised at the Château Labottière.

With over 600 exhibitions and 250 artists, the world-renowned French galerist, always knew to pay particular attention to the artistic avant-garde.

The exhibition, portrays Daniel Templon, pioneer and major figure of the art world, featuring five major artists of his gallery, offering different artistic styles: Philippe Cognée, Jan Fabre, Pierre et Gilles, Yue Minjun and Chiharu Shiota.





Where are we going ? – solo show

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche is honoured to be welcoming Chiharu Shiota and her outstanding exhibition in the heart of the department store. Famed for her vast in situ installations in wool thread and the evocative impact of her works, the artist has exploited her carte blanche with the intensity you would expect. “Where are we going?” invites us to be amazed, but also to question an intrinsic element of Chiharu Shiota’s work.

In this new installation, Chiharu Shiota establishes an analogy between human life and travel : people set off for an unknown destination, crossing an ocean of experiences, emotions, encounters and memories. At the suggestion of le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Chiharu Shiota has used white-coloured yarn for the very first time in an installation. The artist evokes the purity of a fresh start, while keeping the itineraries open: “Life is a voyage with no destination”.

LE BON MARCHE RIVE GAUCHE, PARIS, FRANCEFrom 1/14/2017 to 4/02/2017 


Piranesi – group show

The exhibition juxtaposes Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s series of prints “Carceri d’invenzione,” from ca. 1761, with Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s 2012 installation Stairway: a web of black threads featuring a staircase. Shiota’s heaped yarns create hatches and spaces reminiscent of etching and of Piranesi’s architectural fantasy spaces. The culture-dependent prisons of passion and nightmares exist in the artists’ imagination and incarcerate dreams and memories.

Curator : Emanuela Calò


TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART, TEL AVIV, ISRAELFrom 12/16/2016 to 05/06/2017


From here to eternity – group show

From “Where do we come from?” to “Where are we going?” From beginning to end, from origins to eternity, such is the guiding theme and framework of the exhibition, From here to eternity. In his works, guest artist Angelo Musco tirelessly explores the cycles of existence: birth—a recurrent theme in his work; origins and evolution ; the metamorphoses of the human being and nature; mystery; and abysses.

Accompanying Angelo Musco on his journey are works, among others from Chiharu Shiota and Ivan Navarro, that encounter his, engaging in a dialogue and free falling weightlessly into an open space with no beginning or end. Existence can therfore be the intertwining of connections and relationships, sometimes due to chance, other times intentional, like the threads that are woven and (out)stretched, as in the work by Chiaru Shiota.



Unlimited, Art Basel

‘Accumulation: Searching for Destination’

Shiota’s installation is inspired by the everyday movement, life, and thoughts of the individual. When travelling, we hold a general wish and try to follow that path, and while the red strings connect the suitcases to the starting point of each personal journey, we cannot control the unexpected which continuously shapes our destination.

UNLIMITED HALL 1.0 BOOTH U11, ART BASEL, BASEL, SWITZERLANDFrom 06/13/2016 to 06/19/2016


Sculptures en Partage

This year’s exhibition “Sclptureen Partage (Shared Sculptures) at the Villa Datris offers a wide range of works purchased during the last five exhibitions, including works by Chicharu Shiota and Ivan Navarro.

The Foundation Villa Datris wants to highlight artistic key moments since its opening in 2011. The exhibition suggests a renewed reading of the works and themes.





20th Biennale of Sydney

Titled ‘The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed’, the 20th Biennale will be gathering 83 artists from 35 countries, presented across 19 locations including the city’s major art institutions and Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.
More than 200 works spanning all mediums – with a focus on performance – will be presented free of charge to the public.
The 20th Biennale is curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, associated with an advisory group of 13 international curators, writers and theorists.


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIAFrom 03/18/2016 to 06/05/2016


solo show, Searching for a destination

Artist Chiharu Shiota, currently representing Japan at the Venice Biennale 2015, will be exhibiting for the first time inLatin America, at the SESC Pinheiros in Sao Paulo in Brazil.

She will be presenting three new immersive installations  until January 10, 2016.

SESC, SAO PAULO, BRAZILFrom 09/12/2015 to 01/10/2016  


«  East Asia Feminism : FantASIA  », group show

The Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) will be hosting the exhibition “East Asia Feminism: FANTasia,” an exploration of the current state and implications of East Asian women’s art from a feminist perspective.

The exhibition gathers the diverse works of 14 participating artists from various countries, includingKorea, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and India.


From 08/15/15 to 11/08/15



Artist’s room

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota created two new installation pieces especially for K21, A Long Day et State of Being (Dress), on view from July 7th.



CHIHARU SHIOTA, The Key in the Hand

The artist Chiharu Shiota represents Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale, which runs from 9 May until 22 November 2015. Her project The Key in the Hand is based on a site-specific installation made up of over 50,000 keys. It explores the notion of memory. In placing the spectator’s body at the heart of her sculptural work, Chiharu Shiota seeks to harness the expressive power of installations, which she describes as ‘the philosophy of the instant.’

Born in 1972 in Osaka, Chiharu Shiota has been living in Berlin since 1997. A former member of Marina Abramovic’s class, she is famous for her spectacular site-specific installations made of accumulated objects and woven thread. Her work combines performance, sculpture, video and installations and has already been exhibited throughout the world. Over recent years her work was featured in numerous museum exhibitions: Smithsonian (Arthur M.Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, on view), Rochester Art Center (Minnesota, 2014), Walsall New Art Gallery (UK, 2014), Pittsburgh Mattress Factory (2013), Manege (Moscow, 2013), Museum of Art of Kochi (Japan, 2013), Casia Asia (Barcelona, 2013), La Maison Rouge (Paris, 2012) or the Gervasuti Foundation in Venice (Italy, 2011).



Busan Biennale

From September 20th 2014 to November 22th 2014

Galerie Templon is proud to announce artists Philippe Cognée, Gérard Garouste, Jitish Kallat and Chiharu Shiota’s participation to the 2014 Busan Biennale (September 20 – November 22) in Korea.

Entitled Inhabiting the world,this edition gathers around 160 artists from 30 countries, with a main exhibition, two special exhibitions, diverse academic programs international exchange events and participatory events.

Under the direction of Olivier Kaeppelin, the main exhibition focuses on the roles of art and artists in aworld of permanent state of economic, ecological and geo-political uncertainty. Inhabiting the world intends to explore the extraordinary constellation of artistic responses to the contemporary situations. 



Chiharu Shiota

From August 30th 2014 to June 7th 2015

Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion this summer. Haunted by the traces that the human body leaves behind, the work amasses personal memories of lost individuals and past moments through an accumulation of discarded shoes and notes collected by the artist. Visit the Sackler pavilion during museum hours between Monday, August 18, and Thursday, August 21, to see Shiota’s progress on the installation. (…)




JULY 18 – OCTOBER 19, 2014

In the same vein as Marina Abramovic, Chiharu Shiota places the body at the heart of her sculptural work, weaving huge environments out of black threads that imprison objects. Thus liberated from any useful purpose, they generate new poetic and moving visions.

After selecting 10 costumes from Le Guépard designed by Luisa Spinatelli, Chiharu Shiota has devised an unusual installation for the Ballet National de Marseille and the Vieille Charité that is both monumental and delicate.

co-organised by the Ballet National de Marseille & Museums of Marseille

An exceptional setting for contemporary installations, since its renovation the chapel of the Vieille Charité has welcomed works by renowned international artists the likes of Christian Boltanski (Les anges, Les ombres, 1986), Gabriel Orozco (Oval Billiard Table, 1996) and Javier Perez (La Torre de Sonido, 2001).



A Long Day

From May 24th to September 28th 2014

The Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio presents “A Long Day”, the new installation by the Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, curated by Franziska Nori, created specifically for the exhibition space at Dello Scompiglio.  The exhibition features some of the most incisive aspects of the artist’s work, combining installation, sculpture and performance in a condensed space-time dimension. (…)



“Tristan und Isolde”, WagnerStage design by Chiharu Shiota

Saturday January 25, 2014, 5 pm is the premiere of the opera ‘Tristan und Isolde’, directed by Daniel Karasek at Oper Kiel.
Additional performances in 2014: February 02, March 03 and 23, April 18, May 24, June 09

Artist Talk at Kunsthalle zu Kiel
In addition, an artist talk  will take place together with opera director Daniel Karasek:
Sunday, January 26, 3 pm at Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Düsternbrooker Weg 1, 24105 Kiel).



Chiharu Shiota

From January 17th to March 30st 2014

Chiharu Shiota frequently uses found objects within her sculptural installations, particularly those that resonate with personal and emotional histories.  Doors and windows from demolished and derelict buildings, clothing, shoes, old furniture and vintage suitcases are frequent motifs within her work.  Such objects evoke powerful and emotive human stories of journeys, of migration, of love and loss. (…)

The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK


After the Dream

From october 04st to November 17th 2013

Reprenant le projet de la Maison Rouge et de la Sucrière, Chiharu Shiota nous propose, pour le Carré Sainte-Anne de Montpellier « After the dream 2013 » : une réalisation spécifique à l’architecture du lieu et à son identité, en utilisant le plafond et les piliers comme structures d’environnement immersif. Cinq très longues robes blanches pendues au plafond, entre les piliers, dans tout l’espace. Un fil noir emprisonne les robes dans un tissage complexe évoquant des nids de chenilles ou plus encore des toiles d’araignées.(…)



Trace of memory

From September 12th 2013 to May 31st 2014

The site-specific installation of new works by Shiota will fill the eight rooms in the building at 516 Sampsonia Way—a 19th-century row home with a storied past—which is suited to the artist’s work. Its interior is cosmetically untouched; the raw condition of the building lends itself well to reflections on the past and the conjuring of memories. Learn more about 516 Sampsonia Way from former tenant Richard Morris. (…)

The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, USA


Letters of Thanks

From Sunday 7th July to Monday 23th September 2013

Our next exhibition will feature new works by Chiharu Shiota, an artist who is the focus of attention in art circles all over the world. Born in Osaka, Chiharu Shiota is currently based in Berlin, Germany. Deemed a young artistic master with artworks of epic proportions, she actively creates new works in various countries, and her next move constantly attracts much attention. Her roots lie in Kochi’s Ogata Town (current Kuroshio Town)—her parents’ hometown—and her memories of the many childhood summers spent here were the catalyst for her creation of art. (…)

The Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan



Synchronizing Strings and Rhizomes

From October 23th 2012 to March 30th 2013

Shiota’s installations produce their own spaces, where hundreds of invisible threads that bond us to things can be seen. In these domestic scenarios she proposes, threads become bridges between a bride’s dress and the absent subject, a piano, suitcases and a mirror. In her work, these threads are veins with tears, fear for abyss, life and death; threads that are plots of particular and universal stories, interweaving like the inverted roots of a tree, just like a rhizome through multiple branches that hold up the relationship between I and the world. (…)

Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain


Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art(Group show)

From October 5th 2012 to January 24th 2013

Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art, an exhibition co-curated by Franziska Nori (Director of the CCC Strozzina) and Barbara Dawson (Director of the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane), will be presenting work by contemporary artists who exam today’s existential state of societal mind. Their work explores the kind of questions man asks himself in his relationship with his own interior being, his body and the outside world.

Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy


The First Kyiv international biennale, Arsenale 2012(Group show)

From May 24th to July 31th 2012


Echoing the first words of A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Charles Dickens’ famous novel set at the time of the French Revolution, this exhibition jumps forward to the present to consider how contemporary art and aesthetics use the past to express the future. The ideals of Human Rights developed during 18th Century European Enlightenment found their first political expression in the American and French Revolutions. Combining ideology with action, these initiated a continuing wave of national uprisings that still continue to form the world. Yet in spite of good intentions Human Rights have been constricted and each revolution has contained at its core the worst as well as the best of human thought and action. This exhibition reflects on utopian dreams of freedom, equality, and security that are very much at the heart of our lives today, as well as on their opposite: terror, inequity and war. It is the destructive forces of both man and nature that seem to make a more ideal life impossible. (…)

Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine


Labyrinth of Memory

From May 4th to July 31th 2012

Pour ce premier événement culturel produit par La Sucrière l’artiste réalise une installation monumentale dans une totale intégration de l’architecture du bâtiment. 16 robes blanches, suspendues au plafond dans un réseau de corde noire qui nécessiteront environ 1000 mètres de coton satin et un camion de laine noire (600km de laine). Chaque robe est réalisée par le créateur Mongi Guibane. (…)

La Sucrière, Lyon


Where Are We Going ?

From March 18th to July 1st 2012

An exhibition devoted to Chiharu Shiota, an artist of rapidly growing reputation based in Berlin. Shiota embodies in art the memories we impart to objects and places, our sense of a presence made stronger by absence, and the anxieties and fears we encounter in daily life. (…)

Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan