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  • “SHIOTA CHIHARU: THE SOUL TREMBLES”

    Mori Art Museum
    6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52/53F

    Curated by Kataoka Mami

    In Shiota Chiharu’s Uncertain Journey, 2016, keys dangle from endless arteries of bright-red wool bursting irrepressibly from metal boats. Her macabre and chillingly elegiac installation In Silence, 2008, features a burnt piano and chairs snarled in black thread. Obsessively dense webs are the Berlin-based artist’s signature, and six of her monumental pieces will be presented this summer alongside twenty years’ worth of sculpture, photography, drawing, and set design in her largest solo showcase to date. The exhibition’s title refers, with evident anxiety, to the precarious state of Chiharu’s own health in the wake of her cancer diagnosis, but it also expresses the ineffable feeling evoked by her ambitiously scaled yet acutely detailed works.