Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972) collected the components used in the large installation “Inside-Outside” from construction sites in the east of Berlin. The artist, born in Osaka, Japan, has lived in Berlin since the late 1990s. The old wooden windows, now rearranged to form a fantastical architecture, were replaced in droves by synthetic window frames in the years following German reunification – a token of recovery and modernization. As symbols of permeable boundaries between exterior and interior space, they serve as witnesses of the life that once surrounded them. With this at work, the open, walk-in installation blurs the distinction between inside and outside, between personal and public space, between the observer and the observed. Installed in the central Baroque hall of the Wasserpalais (Waterside Palace), the contemporary work stands a clear relation to the historical architecture of the building complex whose fenestrated façade affords a striking view of the nearby Elbe River. But not only this: the work also points to the interplay between nature and culture, which served as one of the creative guiding principles for the elaborate park grounds. In “Switching Views” here, a topic emerges to which further works from the Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann will be responding from late July onwards, when the exhibition series “Artists’ Conquest” launches at various sites within the Palace and Park Pillnitz.