Chiharu Shiota―Where Are We Going?


Date: 18 March 2012 - 1 July 2012
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Admission until 30 minutes before closing time)
Open everyday

Organized by Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, The MIMOCA Foundation
Sponsored by Shiseido Co., Ltd.

Admission: Adults ¥950, Students (college, university) ¥650, Children (0 year to highschool) free
*Ticket valid for admission to Permanent Collection.

An exhibition devoted to Chiharu Shiota, an artist of rapidly growing reputation based in Berlin. Shiota embodies in art the memories we impart to objects and places, our sense of a presence made stronger by absence, and the anxieties and fears we encounter in daily life. The artworks she creates, as a result of discerning such feelings and emotions in her own being, transcend her own thoughts and powerfully affect the viewer.

The exhibition will present works concerned with “walls,” a theme Shiota has embarked on in recent years. The works arise from her experience of living in Germany far from Japan and her thoughts of how nationality, religion and other categories assigned to individuals are helpful aids for knowing others and ourselves and, simultaneously, unsurpassable walls preventing us from really knowing each other. The featured artworks will also include a boat installation prompted by her experience of the Setouchi region where this museum is located and a video work produced on the basis of interviews with children in Berlin. The exhibition will ask: Where did I come from? What is my existence now and where am I going?

1. Dialogue with Absence, 2012
installation view at MIMOCA
photo by Sunhi Mang
2. Accumulation: Searching for the Destination, 2012
installation view at MIMOCA
photo by Sunhi Mang
3. wall, 2010
4. Where Are We Going?, 2012
installation view at MIMOCA
photo by Sunhi Mang

all images ©Chiharu Shiota

Related Programs * More details (in Japanese)

Opening Concert
18 March 2012 10:00-

Artist Talk
Sunday 18 March 2012, 14:00-

Curator's Talk
Every Sunday during the exhibition (expect for 18 March 2012) / 14:00-

Jeremias Schwarzer - Recorder Recital
26 May 2012
19:00 open / 19:30 start

Workshop * More details (in Japanese)

Let's go around the world by my own boat!
27 May 2012
10:30 - 12:00