Chiharu Shiota

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Chiharu Shiota
Born 塩田 千春 (Shiota Chiharu)
Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Residence Berlin, Germany
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Artist
Years active 1992 -
Known for Installation Art, Performance Art

Chiharu Shiota (塩田 千春, Shiota Chiharu) is a Japanese installation artist born in 1972 in Osaka. She has been living and working in Berlin since 1996.

Shiota studied at the Seika University in Kyoto and at various schools in Germany. While in Germany, she was a student of Marina Abramović.[1]


Shiota's oeuvre links various aspects of art performances and installation practices. Mostly renown for her vast, room-spanning webs of threads or hoses, she links abstract networks with concrete everyday objects such as keys, windows, dresses, shoes, boats and suitcases.[2] Besides installation works, she frequently collaborates with choreographers and composers such as Toshio Hosokawa, Sasha Waltz[3] and Stefan Goldmann[4] for opera, concert and dance projects.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2014
    • Selected by The Japan Foundation to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Bienniale
  • 2008 :
    • The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Art
    • Encouragement Prize for New Artists, Japan
    • Sakuya Kono Hana Prize, Osaka City, Japan
  • 2005 : Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho), Japan
  • 2004 : Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst der Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Kultur, Berlin
  • 2003 : Pola Art Foundation
  • 2002 :
    • Philip Morris K.K Art Award 2002
    • Akademie Schloss Solitude, scholarship


  • 2017
    • Where are we going?, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris
  • 2015
    • The key in the hand, Japanese Pavilion, Biennale di Venezia[5]
    • In the beginning was..., Fundació Sorigué, Lleida, Catalonia
  • 2014 :
    • Cartas de agradecimientos, Spai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló
    • "Small Room", galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
    • Earth and Blood, NF Galeria, Madrid
  • 2013 : "House", galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels
  • 2012 :
    • Infinity, galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France[6]
    • Where Are We Going?, Marugame Inokuma-Genichiro Institute of Modern Art (MIMOCA), Marugame, Kagawa, Japan
    • Chiharu Shiota. Sincronizando hilos y rizomas, NF Galeria, Madrid
  • 2011 : Home of memory, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
  • 2010 :Trauma, NF Galeria, Madrid
  • 2009 :
    • Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    • Flowing Water, Nizayama Forest Art Museum, Toyama, Japan
    • A long day, Rotwand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
    • Unconscious Anxiety, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris, France
  • 2008:
    • Waiting, Gallery Goff + Rosenthal, New York, USA
    • Zustand des Seins / State of Being, CentrePasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland
    • Breath of the Spirit, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
    • Solo show, Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
  • 2007 : From in silence / art complex, Kanagawa Arts Foundation, Kenmin Hall, Kanagawa, Japan[7]
  • 2006 : Dialogue from DNA, Wildnis + Kunst, Sarrebruck, Germany
  • 2005 :
    • During Sleep, Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria
    • Raum, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
  • 2004 :
    • Du côté de chez, église Sainte Marie Madeleine, Lille, France
    • Dialogue from DNA, Manggha, Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, Cracovie, Poland
    • In Silence, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 2003 :
    • The Way Into Silence, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
    • Dialogue from DNA, installation, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Varsovie, Poland
  • 2002 :
    • Uncertain Daily Life, Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    • In Silence, installation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2013 : Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
  • 2009 :
    • Hundred Stories about Love, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
    • Walking in my Mind, Hayward Gallery, Londres, UK
    • Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal 2009, Niigata Prefecture, Echigo Tsumari, Japan
    • The World is Yours, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
    • 3rd Moscow Biennale, Moscou, Russia
  • 2008 :
    • Trans Figurative, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    • Eurasia. Geographic cross-overs in art, MART (Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto), Rovereto, Italy
    • Heathquake, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
    • Platform, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
    • Drawn in the Clouds, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2007 :
    • Fiction for the Real, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
    • The Body Sings of Life, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan
    • Thermocline. New Asian Waves, ZKM (Center for Art and Media), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2006 :
    • Absolutely Private: On Photography from 2000 to the Present, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
    • Tokyo - Berlin / Berlin - Tokyo, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
    • Enjoyable House, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
    • Fever Variations, 6th Gwangju Biennale 2006, Gwangju City, Corée du Sud
    • Affinity of the Jomon and the Contemporary, Aomori Museum of Art; Aomori, Japan
  • 2005 :
    • DreamingNow, Rose Art Museum, Waltham, USA
    • Imbenge Dreamhouse, Durban, South Africa
    • Fairy Tales Forever, ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
    • Parallel Realities: Asian Art Now, 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2004 :
    • Oogstrelend Schoon - Shining Beauty, Apeldoorns Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
    • Embroidered Action, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, Israel
    • The joy of my dreams, 1. International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Seville, Spain
  • 2003 :
    • Rest in Space, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin / touring exhibition, initiated by Kunstnernes Hus / Oslo, Norway
    • First Steps: Emerging Artists from Japan, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Philip Morris K.K. Art Award 2002, New York, USA
    • Paysages féminins et grondements du monde, Institut Franco-japonais de Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
    • Walking on Art, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
  • 2002 :
    • Some kind of Dream, Contemporary Art Museum of North Carolina, Raleigh, USA
    • Another World-Twelve Bedroom Stories, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
    • Miss You, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany
    • A Need For Realism, cooperation with Akademie Schloss Solitude, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Varsovie, Poland
    • Rest in Space, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
  • 2001 :
    • Heimat Kunst, Kulturverein Zehntscheuer, Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany
    • Exit 2001, Maison des Arts Créteil, Paris, France
    • Translated Acts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
    • VIA, Théâtre du Manège, Maubeuge, France
    • MEGA-WAVE, Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
    • Translated Acts, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
    • Marking The Territory, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
    • Netherland, Musée d´Art Moderne et contemporain, Liège, Belgium
    • Strange Home, Historische Museum, Kestner Museum, Hanovre, Germany
    • Yume no Ato - Was vom Traum blieb, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
    • Yume no Ato – Was vom Traum blieb, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
    • Dorothea von Stetten-Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 2000 : Continental Shift, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht


  • Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, Germany
  • Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg, Germany
  • The National Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland


  • 2014 Chiharu Shiota, Las líneas de la mano, Casa Asia, España, ISBN 978-1-940291-36-9
  • 2009 :
    • Chiharu Shiota, Unconscious Anxiety, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, France
    • Chiharu Shiota - When Mind Takes Shape, lecture book of Kobe Design University, Shinjuku Shobo, Japan, ISBN 978-4-88008-395-7
  • 2008 :
    • Chiharu Shiota, Zustand des Seins / État d´Être / State of Being, CentrePasquArt, Biel / Bienne, Suisse, Verlag für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, ISBN 978-3-940748-44-7
    • Chiharu Shiota - Breath of the Spirit, National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka, Japan
  • 2007 : From In Silence – Chiharu Shiota, Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Kanagawa Arts Foundation, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2005 : Chiharu Shiota: Raum / Room, Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin, Germany, ISBN 3-934833-17-9
  • 2003 :
    • Chiharu Shiota / a-i-r- laboratory / December 2003, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, ISBN 83-85142-87-8
    • The Way Into Silence, solo show, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Hrsg: Andrea Jahn, Verlag Das Wunderhorn, ISBN 3-88423-211-8


  1. ^ Dal Zotto, Sara. "Chiharu Shiota: An Interview". NASTY Magazine. Nasty Magazine. 
  2. ^ "Chiharu Shiota". Mattress Factory. 
  3. ^ Die Welt: Wind, der in den Kiefern tanzt. May 5th, 2011
  4. ^ Federal Cultural Foundation of Germany: Alif
  5. ^ 56th Biennale die Venezia, Japanese Pavilion program
  6. ^ D. Poiret, Chiharu Shiota tisse sa toile à Paris, Libération Next 31/1/2012
  7. ^ (en collaboration avec Dorky Park / Constanza Macras, Toshi Ichiyanagi x young musicians, Leipziger Streichquartett, Yoko Tawada + Aki Takase, Valery Afanassiev)

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