image detail: 2008_nationalmuseum_osaka_breath_of_the_spirit_ 1, Chiharu Shiota, Germany, born 1972, Breath of the spirit, 2008, Osaka, black wool and beds; Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, installation view: National Museum, Osaka.

CHIHARU SHIOTA: EMBODIED
24 August - 28 October 2018
Free
entry

A leading international artist, Chiharu Shiota has a longstanding relationship with Australia, dating back to a seminal experience as an exchange student at the Australian National University’s Canberra School of Art, in 1993–94. It was in Australia that she had a breakthrough moment which led to her signature ‘thread installations’, a period in her practice that has rarely been studied in depth, until now.

In August 2018 the Art Gallery of South Australia will present the first major solo survey exhibition in Australia of Chiharu Shiota’s work. Beginning as autobiographical excavations, her installations draw on personal experiences and emotions to create universally resonant works. Through significant loans from the artist and private and public lenders in Germany, Japan and Australia, this  exhibition will explore Shiota’s early performance pieces, captured through her photographs, drawings and movingimage works.

The centrepiece of this exhibition will be a major commissioned acquisition for the collection featuring Shiota’s iconic string practice. A unique drawing in space, this truly immersive work will use kilometres of red wool and feature new sculptural elements. The work, Absence Embodied, the only large-scale permanent installation of Shiota’s work in a public institution in Australia, will be  realised in the historic Melrose Wing.

 

image detail: 2008_nationalmuseum_osaka_breath_of_the_spirit_ 1, Chiharu Shiota, Germany, born 1972, Breath of the spirit, 2008, Osaka, black wool and beds; Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, installation view: National Museum, Osaka.

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