Event Alpenstadt Chur
"Venice stars. Art and Embroidery"
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Embroidery and especially cross-stitching have a great tradition in Graubünden. The rich embroidery collection in the Rhaetian Museum provides an opportunity to look at local embroidery in an extended context. At the same time, from the perspective of contemporary art, the topicality of this artistic practice is emphasized.
The exhibition shows embroidery from Graubünden and juxtaposes it with works by international artists. It becomes clear that Graubünden's artisanal tradition was nourished from different cultures from the very beginning. Traditional embroidery raises questions that arise anew today against the background of other social and cultural experiences. At the beginning of the 20th century, handicrafts with female connotations were significantly upgraded and promoted, while artists such as Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Alice Bailly and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner made a significant contribution to giving new impulses to avant-garde art from the spirit of applied arts. Years later, artists again pick up needles and threads or, like Alighiero Boetti or Susan Hefuna, build bridges across borders and cultural spaces with their works. Contemporary art with embroidery wants to question and break up traditional aesthetics. Louise Bourgeois uses garments for her works and turns them into carriers of emotional and psychological states. Eliza Bennett, who embroiders in her own hand, or Véronique Arnold, who portrays embroiderers, point to the working conditions in industry and private households. Elaine Reichek, on the other hand, analyzes how the thread appears as a means of female empowerment in ancient mythology and how these stories were further developed in European painting. Gözde Ilkin, on the other hand, captures figures on the move on sheets and bed covers, thus developing impressive images of the search for a home. In this way, contemporary artists give needle and thread a new strength to imagine today's world poetically and socially critical at the same time.
In addition to historical embroidery from Graubünden, the exhibition curated by Stephan Kunz and Susann Wintsch shows works by Véronique Arnold (F), Latifa Attaii (AFG), Alice Bailly (CH), Eliza Bennett (GB), Alighiero Boetti (I), Louise Bourgeois (F/USA), Rehab Eldalil, EGY), Susan Hefuna (D/EGY), Gözde Ilkin (TR), Rozita Sharaf Jahan (IR), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (D), Isa Melsheimer (D), Marisa Merz (I), Irene Posch (A), Sophie Taeuber-Arp (CH), Elaine Reichek (USA), Jean-Frédéric Schnyder (CH), Annegret Soltau (D), Pascale Wiedemann/Daniel Mettler (CH)
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