56th Venice Biennale

Editor's Picks: The Best Two Masterpieces from 56th Venice Biennale

This art exhibition was the main reason that we travelled to Venice. We spent two days browsing around but we believed that we couldn't see all of the work. The exhibition was successful and amazing. It seems like Venice Biennale is much better than Frieze London as it showcased lots of artworks from all over the world in a very clear and easy-to-find structure, while Frieze London to us was more like a commercial market that we always found it so confusing to be in there.

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The Key in the Hand (2015), installation art by Chiharu Shiota
The Key in the Hand (2015), installation art by Chiharu Shiota
The Key in the Hand (2015), installation art by Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota | The Key in the Hand 2015

Shiota is a Japanese installation artist who has been based in Berlin since 1996. She loves to use objects that can be found in the daily life, like thread, keys and things like that, and at the same time, she also loves to explore the connection between living and dying, past and present, and the relationship between the objects and its memories. Her work was located in the Japanese pavilion and she was presenting Japan at the Biennale, Venice.

We were really impressed when we entered into the pavilion and saw loads of used keys hanging on the ceiling and walls, and in the middle of the pavilion, there was a large abandoned old boat. There were more than 50,000 used keys intertwining together! All the keys there were collected from different people across the world, and Shiota mentioned that keys are something that we are familiar with, and in the meantime, keys are something that can be used to protect what we think is important, like our own VIPs (Very Important People) and spaces in our lives.

‘Keys also inspire us to open the door to unknown worlds.‘ Chiharu Shiota, 2015

This piece is like a combination of people’s memories (whoever keys has been collected by Shiota) and Shiota’s memories. As all the keys were provided by the public, and now she made them link together by interweaving the keys with loads of red threads. We wonder how much time she used to create this piece of work… 

Blind Spot (2014-2015), art photography by Mykola Ridnyi