A few weeks ago I found the announcement of two large exhibitions of fiber art in art museums in the paper: „To open eyes – Fiber Art from Bauhaus until today“ in
Bielefeld, und „Art and Textile“ in . Wolfsburg
My husband immediately wanted to send me off to take a look at both of them one after the other, but as we live on the other end of the country, we could not really fit it in, although Germany is relatively small compared to some other countries. However, I was visiting with friends not too far away from
right after New Year’s, and that gave me a chance to at least see this exhibition,
which is still on until Feb 16. Bielefeld
Sheila Hicks (some pictures here and a pinterest page here), and several other modern artist who have worked in fiber - some only occasionally, some more frequently. Aligiero e Boetti let Afghan women do the work of stitching for his series Mappa, embroidered maps of the world as boundaries changed (link to one that is in MOMA).
No photographs were allowed, not even without a flash. And although the catalogue is interesting and informative, it is would be much easier and probably more personal if I could show you a few photos I took and talk about them. But it is a very interesting exhibition and worth seeing, and it is wonderful to see so many pieces of art made from fiber in one exhibition together.
Although there were several pieces classified as ‚patchwork’ which would not have made it into any juried quilt show. Basically, they were pieces of fabric wonder-undered onto a white background, not stitched, no quilting – but with the topic ‘death’. Now what does that tell us about quilts in the art world? You have to have an art degree, and then make ugly fiber pieces, then you will get into museums. Or do you have to wait for 70 years, such as Gunta Stölzl, before they will start recognizing you? Well, Sheila Hicks didn’t have to wait for so long.
Nevertheless: well worth seeing!