Sheila Hicks

Opening at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf: 12 October 2024
Opening at the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop: 13 October 2024

In a joint project between the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, this autumn the work of one of the most important contemporary artists will be presented across two cities in the region in the first such comprehensive exhibition in Germany. Works from the entire oeuvre of Sheila Hicks (*1934), who was once a student of Josef Albers and will be ninety years old this year, will be showcased with a variety of focuses. While the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop will provide an overview spanning seven decades of Hicks’s work, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf will primarily focus on her large-scale contemporary installations.

In addition to the artworks, the exhibitions will present materials from the artist’s archive that contextualize the works and provide deep insights into her life and work, including photographs, writings, sketches, books, magazines, and correspondence.

The connection to the textile industry in the Rhineland and the Ruhr will also be addressed, against the historical background of the production of velvet and silk in Krefeld, Cologne, Mönchengladbach, and Wuppertal, which was of global significance.

The artist’s fabric works and installations defy traditional notions of textile art. Hicks expands the language of sculpture, painting, and environment through new forms and dimensions. Inspired by the concepts of the Wiener Werkstätte and the Bauhaus, she dissolves the boundaries between medium and material, employing historical techniques of knotting and weaving to create an awareness of the small deviations in patterns that make life interesting.

The exhibition at the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop is curated by Linda Walther and Monja Droßmann, and at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf by Gregor Jansen and Alicia Holthausen. Both exhibitions were developed in close dialogue between the institutions and with the artist.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a wide-ranging educational program as well as the first extensive publication on Sheila Hicks in German.