In the Carpet | Über den Teppich

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
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

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.  

2013
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 

2012
Bauhaus. Art as Life, Barbican Art Gallery, London 

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