In the Carpet | Über den Teppich

Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie

When Ida Kerkovius (*1879, Riga – 1970, Stuttgart) resumed her studies at the Bauhaus in 1920 after a break during the First World War, the weaving workshop offered new opportunities for her to create new and completely different forms for her textiles. Her focus was now on figurative images. The work with the telling title “Landscape” clearly illustrates the relationship between a stand-alone image and a textile product. The typical carpet tassels and the abstract shapes used in the composition of the motif as in a painting both show that a unity of art and crafts is central to this work. This leads us to assume that the artist planned the surface of this product as a whole image and not as a woven work in which the motifs are structured by the weft thread of the loom. 

2015
Empathy and Abstraction, Kunsthalle Bielefeld
De bonnes affaires. Werke aus 67 Jahren, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt/M 

2014
The Quest for Happiness in Art: Expressionism and Abstract Art around 1914, Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Gemalt, gezeichnet oder gedruckt, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Grafenau 

2013
Die andere Moderne. Kunst und Künstler in den Ländern am Rhein von 1900 bis 1922, Städtische Wessenberg Galerie, Konstanz 

2012
Treasures from 65 years, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt/M. 

2011
Die Sammlung Lütze. Süddeutsche Kunst des 19. bis 21. Jahrhunderts, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen
Die deutsche Avantgarde um Adolf Hölzel, Städtisches Museum Engen + Galerie, Engen 

2010
Brücke Bauhaus Blauer Reiter, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Kunst. Das Integrale Spiel, Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen

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