In the Carpet | Über den Teppich
When she joined the Bauhaus textiles workshop and later became its director, Gunta Stölzl (*1897, Munic – 1970, Zurich) initiated a dialogue between tapestry and textiles – precisely in the sense of breaking down the borders between the arts and crafts. The textiles workshop was viewed critically by Stölzl‘s colleagues, but she continued to promote and develop it by working on specific artistic approaches to materials. She planned her textiles as autonomous and abstract surfaces on which she created avant-garde and geometrical patterns. Stölzl always worked at the limits of disciplines and with social and artistic thresholds, and the carpet shown in this exhibition also transgresses borders. Stölzl originally devised it as a sketch based on the modernist grids of Paul Klee or Piet Mondrian, and then this design became an object and a relief. It is something in between a painting and a tapestry, and itself represents the transgression of the typical genres.
To Open Eyes. Art and Textiles from the Bauhaus to Today, Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Art Turning Left. How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool
Decorum. Tapis et tapisseries d'artistes, Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Textiles. Open Letter, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Bauhaus. Art as Life, Barbican Art Gallery, London