Chiharu Shiota, installation artist from Osaka, Japan. Photography © Sunhi Mang

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

In the beginning, I was a painter. But when I was studying at the art school in Japan, I felt that the canvas has limits. I felt limited in painting and in the two-dimensional canvas. I couldn’t continue my creation as an artist. I started to make installations and worked with many different materials.

2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?

I very much like the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. From the outside it looks like a private house, but when you go into the museum it is huge and the location is next to the ocean with a beautiful park. I like their program and their architecture.

But of course, MoMA in New York redesigned by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi is also wonderful. I like his architecture. It is very simple and calm. The architecture does not speak a lot, so the art piece can speak.