Chiharu Shiota is inspired by Schubert’s Winterreise
From June 8 to July 27.
Attendees at La bohème, My Fair Lady and Lucia di Lammermoor will be able to visit the installation for free during the performance.
General public will be able to visit the installation for free on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
Tickets will be released with 1-hour time slots for the visit.
The abstract piano is like a distant memory from my childhood. I usually collect old and antique objects because they hold memories of people I have never met. But for my work, I have created an object that holds my own memory.
When I was nine years old my neighbour’s house was on fire one night. No one was hurt, but all of their belongings were lost. The next day, they carried their burnt piano in front of their house. It had been the sound of burning wood that had woken me up that night, but the piano that I saw had lost all its sound. For me, this burnt piano became more beautiful than ever before, and it seemed to have become stronger.
My art begins with a personal feeling or emotion, but I want to expand this into something universal. When we hear music, it awakens memory, but now I don’t hear the music anymore, I want to visualize it in the threads and note sheets.
I believe silence is often stronger and more beautiful than any sound can be.
The title for this installation is inspired by Schubert’s ‘Last Hope’ composed for ‘Winterreise’, which he created when he knew his death is unavoidable. The music is heavy on the heart since it seems dire. But I see death as a new beginning, not an end. Death is not a limitation of existence or memory. It belongs to the cycle of life as a new state of being. It is like moving to a bigger Universe where our thoughts and memories remain. The memory becomes even stronger. The memory of art will always remain in the viewer.