Born in 1972 in the Japanese city of Osaka, Chiharu Shiota has been living and working in Berlin since 1997. She studied at the Berlin University of Fine Arts then the Hamburg University of Fine Arts and worked at Rebecca Horn’s studio and with Marina Abramovic. Her artistic language has been influenced by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Ana Mendieta, both in terms of physical experimentation and an exploration of the unconscious, and with the choice of delicate materials like fabrics and thread, traditionally associated with femininity. Shiota’s radical and protean artistic approach explores the notions of the body, temporality, movement, memory and dreams. Her site-specific installations are often the theatre for performances designed by the artist and involving the mental and bodily participation of the viewer.

Chiharu Shiota
Osaka, 1972

Current Exhibitions

Chiharu Shiota: Departure

Jameel Arts Centre

10 Nov — 07 Sep
Specially commissioned for the opening of the Jameel Arts Centre, “Departure” is a large-scale immersive installation by Japanese Chiharu Shiota. The Berlin-based artist creates a web-like...

Past Exhibitions

Chiharu Shiota: Uncertain Journey

17/09/2016 — 12/11/2016

Twenty years and…

Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea
17/12/2015 — 14/04/2016

Solo Shows

Me Somewhere Else, Blain | Southern, London, UK
Artist’s Rooms: Chiharu Shiota, Jameel Arts Center Dubai, UAE
Embodied, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Chiharu Shiota, Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Art Projects 2018: Chiharu Shiota, The Wanås Foundation – Wanås Konst, Knislinge, Sweden
The Distance, Göteborgs konstmuseum – Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
Beyond Time, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
Remind of …, Galeria Nieves Fernandez, Madrid, Spain
Form of Memory, Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Butterfly Dream, Kyoto
Art for Tomorrow 2018, The Museum of Kyoto, Japan

Direction, KODE-Art Museum of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Lost Words, Museum Nikolaikirche, Berlin, Germany
Chiharu Shiota, Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Between the Lines, Het Noordbrabants Museum, s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Destination, Galerie Templon, Paris, France
Under the Skin, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany
Infinity Lines, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, USA
Where are we going?, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris, France


Sleeping is like death, Daniel Templon, Brussels, Belgium
KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, Yokohama, Japan
Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, Tokyo, Japan
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken, Germany
The Key in the Hand, Japan Pavilion, 56th Biennale, Venice, Italy
South Australian Museum, Adelaide, Australia
Follow the Line, the Japan Foundation, Köln, Germany and Rome, Italy – Traveling Exhibition
In the Beginning was… solo show, the Sorigue Foundation, Lleida, Spain
Solo show, SESC, São Paulo, Brasil
Solo show, K21, Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany
Seven Dresses, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken, Germany
Chiharu Shiota – Works on Paper, Galerie Hadrien de Montferrand, Beijing, P.R. China
Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan
Searching for the Destination, SESC, São Paulo, Brasil

First House, Zorlu Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Letters of Thanks, Espai de arte Contemporani, Castello, Spain
Il Gattopardo, Marseille Vieille Charité, Marseille, France
Guest Work, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Small Room, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Dialogues, New Art Gallery Walsall, U.K
Presence in Absence, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, USA
Stadtgalerie, Saarbrücken, Germany
Earth and Blood, Galería Nieves Fernández, Madrid, Spain
A long Day, La Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Lucca, Italy
Over the Continents, Chiharu Shiota: Perspectives, Freer & Sackler Galleriy, Smithsonian, Washington D.C., USA
State of Being (LE GUÉPARD), Ballet de Marseille, Marseille, France

Group Shows

Whatever happened to my grandmother’s doggy?, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milan, Italy
Persona Grata, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Musée National de l’Immigration, Paris, France
Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture: Constellation Malta, Valletta, Malta
The Marvellous Cacophony, 57. Oktobarski Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
Water and Land – Niigata Art Festival 2018, Niigata, Japan
De fils ou de fibres, CAC Meymac, Meymac, France Doodle & Disegno, Blain | Southern, Berlin, Germany
Welcome to the Labyrinth – Artistic Deception, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany Höhenrausch 2018 – The Other Shore, OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz, Austria
Tissage, Tressage, Villa Datris, L’Isle sur la Sorgues, France
Nine Journeys Through Time. Alcantara and Art in the Apartment of the Prince, Palazzo Reale Milano, Milan, Italy
Das letzte Bild. Anischten vom Tod in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken, Germany
Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection, Sizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
JIWA – Jakarta Bienniale 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia The Raft – Art is (not) Lonely, MuZEE, Oostende, Belgium
In good times and in bad. How to operate, Museum für neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany
Suzu 2017 Oku-Noto Triennale, Suzu, Ishikawa, Japan
About the Relations with People When Affection is Involved, Klein Collection, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
OpenArt Biennale, Örebro, Sweden A Summer in Le Havre: 500th Anniversary of Le Havre, Le Havre, France
The Other Side, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
20th anniversary pop-up show: Have a Nice Time, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Domodossola, Italy
Body Media II, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Socle du Monde Biennale 2017, Herning, Denmark Pafos
European Capital of Culture: Open Air Factory, Pafos, Cyprus
Kairos Castle. The Art of the Moment, Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Lennik, Belgium Daniel Templon Portrait d’une galerie, Bernard Magrez Institut Culturel, Bordeaux, France

The Piranesi Effect, Group S, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
KOS, Museum for Art in the Public Space, Køge, Denmark
Akademie der Künste, Curator : Corinna Harfouch, Berlin, Germany
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Toyota Museum of Art, Toyota / Japan
Marsyas – Die Vernunft schwebt, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Curator: Corinna Harfouch

Group show, Maria José Jove Foundation, A Coruña, Spain
Group show, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Group show, the Sorigue Foundation, Lleida, Spain
Le fil rouge/Infinity, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
FANTasia group show, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Progress and Hygiene, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Red Queen, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobert, Tasmania, Australia
The Pink Gaze, National Museum of Oriental Art, Rome, Italy
Japan Art Today, Kunsthaus Interlaken, Interlaken, Switzerland
Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Group Show, Mimmo Scognamiglio, Milan, Italy
Opera Tristan and Isolde, Opera House Kiel, Germany
Threads. Textile in Kunst & Vormegeving, Musuem Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands
Weaving Webs in Art, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Qual’at Al Bahrain through ages, Qual’at Al Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain
Busan Biennale 2014, Inhabiting the World, curated by Olivier Kaeppelin, Busan, South Korea

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Osaka Country of birth: Japan Date of birth: 1972 Lives in: Berlin
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