Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Blain I Southern. Foto: Sunhi Mang. © Chiharu Shiota, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam, 2017

Chiharu Shiota

Between the Lines

24 June - 15 October 2017

The Japanese artist, Chiharu Shiota (Osaka, 1972), was the sensation of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. The Japanese pavilion with her installation, The Key in the Hand, was one of the top five exhibitions in The Guardian that year and it was also on the cover of The New York Times. Shiota’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands offers a retrospective overview of her oeuvre. The installation, Uncertain Journey, made to measure for Het Noordbrabants Museum, is the highlight of the exhibition. Chiharu Shiota: Between the Lines has been made possible by the Renschdael Art Foundation and can be seen in Het Noordbrabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch from 24th June to 15th October.

Astounding installation

The preparation and the realisation of the installation Uncertain Journey is an impressive and time consuming process. Chiharu Shiota will work 12 days with 10 assistants on the gigantic web installation. The exhibition space of around 130 m² is first covered by a made to measure net. Then the thread of about 2,000 balls of wool is attached with approx. 10,000 staples. Worldwide, Chiharu Shiota installations affect visitors deeply because they express universal concepts such as identity and memory in such an astoundingly beautiful way.

Retrospective overview

Twenty-four works in total will be exhibited, dating from 1994 to 2017, including videos, photos, drawings, large and small sculptures made of thread and a bronze sculpture. Two works from the celebrated Venice Biennale will be shown by Het Noordbrabants Museum, the photo The Key in the Hand and the video How Did You Come into this World?

  • Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016. Foto Sunhi Mang. © Chiharu Shiota, co Pictoright Amsterdam, 2017
  • Chiharu Shiota, Traces of Life, 2009 © Chiharu Shiota, co Pictoright Amsterdam, 2017
  • Portret Chiharu Shiota. Foto: Sunhi Mang.
  • Chiharu Shiota, In the Hand, 2017, courtesy Kenji Taki Gallery. © Chiharu Shiota, c/o/ Pictoright Amsterdam, 2017
  • Chiharu Shiota,The Key in the Hand, 2015, Japans Pavilioen, Biënnale di Venezia 2015, Venetië, Italië. Foto: Sunhi Mang. © Chiharu Shiota, co Pictoright Amsterdam, 2017

Catalogue

The exhibition catalogue, published in Dutch, German and English by WBOOKS, includes an essay by Hans November, curator of 20th and 21st century art at Het Noordbrabants Museum. The book is available in the Museum Shop for € 19.95.

In collaboration with

The exhibition Chiharu Shiota: Between the Lines has been made possible by the Renschdael Art Foundation. The collaboration between the Renschdael Art Foundation and Het Noordbrabants Museum has previously resulted in exhibitions of work from Lita Cabellut, Francis Bacon and Claire Morgan.