2015 Venice Biennale of Art highlights – Japanese Pavilion

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 in Art & Design
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Venice Biennale of Art – 9 May – 22 November 2015
Venice Biennale 2015 (La Biennale di Venezia) is the closest thing art has to the Olympics. The 56th International Art Exhibition attempts to capture the rich diversity of the art-world, with all it’s unexpected sights and sounds. Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest and most important event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar. It is also the world’s largest non-commercial art exhibition, and this year it features shows from 88 countries across the entire city. More than 150 artists are taking part in the Biennale, and the event attracts more than 350,000 world-wide visitors – from artists, art-lovers and collectors.

“The Key in the Hand”, Chiharu Shiota, Japan
Chiharu Shiota’s (b. 1972) installation “The Key in the Hand”, curated by Hitoshi Nakano of the Kanagawa Arts Foundation, transforms the ambience of the pavilion into a container for memories. Dominated by the colour red, the installation comprises thousands of keys attached to the end of each piece of yarn suspended from the ceiling. Keys are familiar objects, used in our daily lives to protect what is valuable – houses, assets, personal safety. While using them, we embrace them in the warmth of our hands.

Keys are receptacles of countless, multi-layered memories, and at one point in our lives, we entrust them to someone close, who will guard our important things and accumulate more memories together with us.

Two old wooden boats at the centre and back of the gallery move through the sea of memory and collect individual memories. Four videos show small children talking about their memories from before and after birth, sharing them with visitors and allowing them to discover their own hidden memories.

Photograph and text: Art Radar