Destinations

Discover the Chiharu Shiota’s Universe in Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

October 14, 2019

,,Me Somewhere Else,, is focus exhibition in Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium by Japanese installation artist Chinaru Shiota. This spectacular installations transform the spaces in which they unfold, and immerse the visitor in the artist’s universe. They combine textile materials such as wool and cotton with various elements, sculpted shapes or used objects.

The artist combines performance, body art and installation in a process that places the body at its center. Her protean artistic practice explores the notions of temporality, movement, memory and dream; and requires both the mental and physical involvement of the spectator. Chiharu Shiota’s highly acclaimed participation in the Venice Biennale, where she represented Japan in 2015, confirmed the international scope of her work. Presented in the Bernheim room, Me Somewhere Else (2018), a work of great visual strength, occupies a very special place in the artist’s production. Shiota talks about her fight against her illness, and the certainty that her mind will survive her body. “Before I was diagnosed with cancer I thought that if I die, everything about me is going to die; I am going to die, but now I know only my body dies – not my mind. My mind remains somewhere else.”

You can visit this exhibition in Brussels from October 11. 2019. to February 9. 2020. Beside ,,Me Somewhere Else,, exhibition, in Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels you can visit numerous temporary and special exhibitions. One of the main attributes of Museums permanent exhibition is art of Pieter Bruegel, the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and print maker from Brabant, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes

The collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium covers a period extending from the 15th to the 21st centuries. It provides a vast overview of western art, with remarkable ensembles of works of artists from Belgium or from the former Southern Netherlands. Composed mainly of paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, it also includes, in particular through donations or deposits, items of decorative arts and furniture along with a small number of non-European works.