Piranesi/Shiota: Prisons of the Imagination

16 Dec 2016 – 6 May 2017

Event times

Mon, Wed, Sat 10.00-18.00
Tues, Thurs 10.00-21.00
Fri 10.00-14.00

Cost of entry

Adult 50 NIS
Tel Aviv Resident (with Resident Card) 40 NIS
Student (with International Student Card) 40 NIS

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Tel Aviv-Yafo
Tel Aviv District, Israel


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The exhibition juxtaposes Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s series of prints “Carceri d’invenzione,” from ca. 1761, with Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s 2012 installation Stairway: a web of black threads featuring a staircase.


Shiota's heaped yarns create hatches and spaces reminiscent of etching and of Piranesi’s architectural fantasy spaces. The culture-dependent prisons of passion and nightmares exist in the artists’ imagination and incarcerate dreams and memories.

With heartfelt thanks to Ms. Ingrid Flick, without whose support this exhibition and catalogue would not have been possible

Exhibiting artists

Chiharu Shiota

Giovanni Battista Piranesi


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