In the Carpet | Über den Teppich

Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1927; wool, 250 x 125 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Demisch Danant
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1927; wool, 250 x 125 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Demisch Danant

'In the Carpet' investigates the mutual influences between the arts and crafts – using the carpet as an example. The exhibition explores productive exchanges between centres in Europe and in Morocco, focusing on the work of Sheila Hicks, who worked with artisans in Morocco in the early 1970s. Through her work, this exhibition addresses diverse relations and references, from the Bauhaus to today. It illustrates affinities in form and design between Moroccan Zemmour and Beni Ourain carpets and the work of Bauhaus artists Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl and it shows the influence of the Bauhaus on Moroccan artists in the 'Ecole de Casablanca'. The fascination of traditional Berber carpets for contemporary artists is seen in works by Amina Agueznay, Yto Barrada, Saâdane Afif, Taysir Batniji and Mostafa Maftah.

Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm;  © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist
Anonymous: Zemmour, Middle Atlas, about 1940, wool and cotton, 175 x 111 cm; © Rabii Alouani Bibi collection
Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of
Anni Albers: Black White Grey, 1927; tapestry, silk and cotton, 155 x 120 cm; Neues Museum Nuremberg; © on loan from the city of nuremberg, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, © (Anni Albers) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo: Neues Museum Nuremberg (A.
Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko
Mosta Maftah: Feu en Océan, 1979; wool, silk threads, cotton, 85 x 160 cm © courtesy of the artist and Thinkart
Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Gunta Stölzl: Draft with Two-Ply Fabric, draft 1926; wool, 77 x 303 cm, limited edition; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Rudolf Lutz: tapestry, draft 1918; wool, ca. 93 x 80 cm; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie

'In the Carpet' takes a look at the complexity and diversity of carpets, both as objects and means of representation, as space and territory, in form and technique, and as a gesture and performance. Here, practices and genres in the arts and craft are interwoven, as are also close relations between North Africa and Europe.

In the carpet | Über den Teppich. – Stuttgart: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), 2016. – 91 pp.

In the carpet | Über den Teppich. – Stuttgart: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), 2016. – 91 pp.

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