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Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles


Mori Art Museum / Tokyo / Art

The Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota started out as a painter but felt trapped in its traditions. “I have to make art in space,” she said in early 2019, explaining her decision to create installations in museums and galleries. And what installations! A series, for instance, in which Shiota strung and tangled thread like a Freudian spider interpreting dreams, turned rooms into scary insterstitial spaces: from red threads she created huge corporeal vaults; from black threads, frenzied synapses singed and stilled. “The Soul Trembles” presents a 25-year retrospective of Shiota’s work—her biggest solo show ever—from installations to sculptures, videos, photographs, and drawings. —L.J.

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Mori Art Museum Japan, 〒106-6150 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 6 Chome−10−1, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 53階
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