japanese installation


Chiharu Shiota 塩田千春 (Japanese, b. 1972, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, based Berlin, Germany) - 1: Storage Room, 2009, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa The Room Of 5  2,3: His Chair, 2008 (MART-Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Trento/Rovereto)  4,5: A Room of Memory, 2009 (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)  6,7: His Chair, 2005 (ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus)  8: From - Into, 2004 (International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville)


The Tag Project, 2012
Wendy Maruyama
Paper, string, ink, dimensions vary

Installation view at Arkansas Art Center in 2012. Tag replicas represent the tags Japanese Americans wore after Executive Order 9066 was in effect.


Chiharu Shiota 塩田千春 (b.1972, Japan)

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating room-filling, monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. Central to the artist’s work are the themes of remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxieties. Shiota finds diverse visual expressions for these subject matters, the most celebrated being impenetrable installations made of black thread which often enclose various household and everyday, personal objects: a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress, a lady’s mackintosh, sometimes even the sleeping artist herself.

Chiharu Shiota belongs to a generation of young artists who have gained international attention in recent years for body-related art. Her education at German art schools with Marina Abramovic from 1996 provides a key to her pictorial language that is unmistakably oriented around the artistic solutions of the performance and installation art of the 1970s. Marina Abramovic along with Ana Mendieta, Janine Antoni, Louise Bourgeois, Carolee Schneemann, and Rebecca Horn, are the forerunners of the performative installation art on which Shiota’s pictorial language builds. (src. ARNDT)

Chiharu Shiota takes part in Louis Vuitton new group show, Le fil rouge (the red thread), at Espaces Louis Vuitton in Paris till May 3, 2015. © All images courtesy of the artist

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Japanese watchmaker Citizen’s installation at La Triennale di Milano as part of Milan Salone. Developed by Tsuyoshi Tane of DGT Architects, a Paris-based architect, and CITIZEN’s in-house design team, the piece comprises 80,000 ‘main plates’ (the prime component part of all watches) suspended in mid air. Illuminated from above, the installation becomes a walk-through chandelier.