11 JUNE 2022 – 15 JANUARY 2023

Chiharu Shiota’s ACROSS THE RIVER is a new, site-specific installation that spans an entire room and references the architecture as well as the location surrounding the State Gallery of Lower Austria. In the light-flooded exhibition space on the ground floor of the museum, Shiota created a dense web-like structure made of red yarn, connected to boats that lie on the ground. The boats are traditional Zillen, typical of Krems and the Wachau region as travelling vessels on the Danube river.
The Danube runs through several European countries, crossing national borders and having a unifying effect on the different communities who like in proximity to this massive waterway. Shiota emphasises this intercultural aspect of the river with the inclusion of historical maps of the Danube region woven into her threaded entanglements.
Shiota’s works examine issues central to human existence: memory and time, home and tradition, life and death. Her installations prompt us to consider how we, as humans, are connected to each other through invisible threads, and the possibility for emotions and thoughts to touch one another, linked through inner lines.

© Images Christan Redtenbacher
© Chiharu Shiota and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022



Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972 in Osaka, Japan) is currently based in Berlin. Her university career spans several years: She studied at the Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto (Japan) from 1992 to 1996, was an exchange student at The Australian National University School of Art in Canberra (Australia) in 1993-93, and a student at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (Germany) from 1997 to 1999, and lastly at Universität der Künste Berlin (Germany) from 1999 to 2003.

Shiota’s inspiration often emerges from a personal experience or emotion which she expands into universal human concerns such as life, death, and relationships. She has redefi...
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