in 5 days
29 September 2017
  |   Until:  
19 November 2017


Chiharu Shiota

To mark the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, the artist Chiharu Shiota has created a spatial installation titled LOST WORDS, transforming the interior of St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin into a new space for ideas and associations. At the centre of the work is the Biblical Decalogue –the Ten Commandments – the sense and meaning of which were rediscovered during the Reformation.

Chiharu Shiota | © Photo: Sunhi Mang

Chiharu Shiota, born in Japan, has a studio in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district. Her work is devoted to the great themes of humanity, and her installations and performances highlight the themes of remembrance, home, fear, birth and death. Her installation The Key in the Hand, which she showed in the Japanese pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015, met with great success. Her expansive, web-like creations, which are at once overwhelming and fragile, have gained her international recognition.

In the nave of St. Nicholas' Church, Chiharu Shiota now presents a thread installation into which pages of the Bible are woven in various languages – a symbol of the global complexity of the Reformation and the message of the Bible.

A project for the Guardini Stiftung and the Stiftung St. Matthäus in cooperation with the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin.
Sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural and Media.
Affairs in accordance with a resolution by the German Parliament, and also the Verein Ausstellungshaus für christliche Kunst e. V. München.

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Nikolaikirche - LOST WORDS

Opening times

10am – 6pm, daily

Due to change of exhibition, Museum Nikolaikirche will be closed from 11 to 28 September. Please note our revised opening times during holidays.


Adults: €6.00/Concessions: €4.00 
Free admission under 18
Free admission the first Wednesday of each month

Disability and access

Details at Mobidat (in German).




Flyer „Lost Words“
Program „Nikolai-Music“ (in German)