Past Exhibitions

Prisons of the Imagination

Prisons of the Imagination

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.

The exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation and The Embassy of Japan in Israel


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

Piranesi/Shiota: Prisons of the Imagination (short) from Tel Aviv Museum of Art on Vimeo.


Friday 16 December 2016


Saturday 06 May 2017


Prints and Drawings Gallery The Gallery of the German Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Herta and Paul Amir Building


Emanuela Calò

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  • צ'יהארו שיוטה, גרם מדרג ות, 2016/2012 מראה הצבה, אגודת האמנות של שלזוויג– הולשטיין בקונסטהאלה קיל צילום: סונהי מאנג באדיבות סטודיו צ'יהארו שיוטה
  • G.B. Piranesi, from the series “Carceri d’invenzione,” ca. 1761 Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Matteo De Fina