Exhibition

SHEILA HICKS

Thread, Trees, River

Wed, 09.12.2020–Sun, 18.04.2021

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

Sheila Hicks (* 1934) is one of the most important international artists active today, and the MAK is the first institution in Austria to dedicate a solo exhibition to her work. Especially for the exhibition, she has developed extensive sculptures and new works and also includes an inspirational object from the MAK Textiles and Carpets Collection.
 
The textiles and installations of the American artist, who has been living in Paris since the mid-1960s, elude traditional ideas of textile art and techniques of knotting and weaving. In the development and perception of the objects, the sculptural, the tactile, fine color nuances up to vibrating luminosity, and nature play an essential role as the starting point and poetry of the textile. Her visionary practice between visual and applied art is determined by the processes and parameters of studio production. 

Hicks studied at Yale University under Josef Albers (1888–1976), various weaving techniques were taught to her personally by the textile artist Anni Albers (1899–1994). Through Josef and Anni Albers, she immersed herself in the ideas of Bauhaus and Modernism. In addition, she has been inspired by Raoul d’Harcourt’s book Les textiles anciens du Pérou et leurs techniques [Textiles of Ancient Peru and Their Techniques] (1934) to explore the subject of cultural appropriation and to turn from painting to textile as a medium.
 
 
At the end of the 1950s, a Fulbright grant enabled her to spend time in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. In Mexico she developed a close connection to the architect Luis Barragán (1902–1988). To this day, Hicks sees the textile as an intrinsic element of architecture and a metaphor for measuring space—comparable to the practice-oriented approach of architect and theoretician Gottfried Semper (1803–1879), who explored the context between nature, textile, architecture, and space.
 

PUBLICATION

The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog SHEILA HICKS. Thread, Trees, River, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Bärbel Vischer. With contributions by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Bärbel Vischer as well as an interview by Itai Margula with the artist. German/English, 72 pages with numerous color illustrations. MAK, Vienna/arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021. Available in spring 2021 at the MAK Design Shop and online at MAKdesignshop.at for € 35.

Program (4 Events)

Tue, 08.12.2020 10.00 am –Wed, 09.12.2020 7.00 pm
Free admission 8 & 9 December

The MAK opens 8 December

Tue, 12.01.2021 6.30 pm

Curator-Guided Tour SHEILA HICKS

Curator-Guided Tour SHEILA HICKS
Curator-Guided Tour with Bärbel Vischer through the exhibition SHEILA HICKS: Thread, Trees, River 

REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is absolutely necessary.
 
PROTECTIVE MEASURES
Please wear a mouth-nose protection (mnp) during guided tours. If you have not brought a mnp with you, you can purchase one for € 3 at the MAK Ticket Desk. The general protective measures for the museum visit also apply during the tour. Further information here

HEADPHONES
We kindly ask you to bring personal headphones (standard 3.5 mm connection) to the tours if possible. Alternatively, disposable headphones can be purchased for € 1 at the ticket office.
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
€ 3,50
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall

ADMISSION
Tuesdays
6–9 p.m.
€ 6

More
1459977553881
Wed, 13.01.2021 3.00 pm
Wednesdays at the MAK

SHEILA HICKS: Thread, Trees, River

SHEILA HICKS: Thread, Trees, River

PRACTICAL INFO

Guided tour through the exhibition
Admission plus attendance fee of € 3.50
Free for holders of the “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”
Meeting point: MAK Columned Main Hall

Further information:
T +43 1 711 36-298


REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is absolutely necessary.

PROTECTIVE MEASURES 
Please wear a mouth-nose protection (mnp) during guided tours. If you have not brought a mnp with you, you can purchase one for € 3 at the MAK Ticket Desk. The general protective measures for the museum visit also apply during the tour. More information here

HEADPHONES
We kindly ask you to bring personal headphones (standard 3.5 mm connection) to the tours if possible. Alternatively, disposable headphones can be purchased for € 1 at the ticket office.
1459977553881
Tue, 09.02.2021 6.30 pm

Curator-Guided Tour SHEILA HICKS

Curator-Guided Tour SHEILA HICKS
Curator-Guided Tour with Bärbel Vischer through the exhibition SHEILA HICKS: Thread, Trees, River 

REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is absolutely necessary.
 
PROTECTIVE MEASURES
Please wear a mouth-nose protection (mnp) during guided tours. If you have not brought a mnp with you, you can purchase one for € 3 at the MAK Ticket Desk. The general protective measures for the museum visit also apply during the tour. Further information here

HEADPHONES
We kindly ask you to bring personal headphones (standard 3.5 mm connection) to the tours if possible. Alternatively, disposable headphones can be purchased for € 1 at the ticket office.
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
€ 3,50
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall

ADMISSION
Tuesdays
6–9 p.m.
€ 6

More
1459977553881
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Media

Sheila Hicks, Incomprehensible Yellow Space, 2020
Courtesy of the artist and galerie frank elbaz.
Photo: Claire Dorn
© VG Bild-Kunst
 
Sheila Hicks, wool material (detail), 2018 Photo © Cristobal Zanartu
Sheila Hicks, Escalade Beyond Chromatic Lands, 2017
Installationsansicht, Arsenale, Venice Biennale
© Christobal Zanartu
 
Sheila Hicks, Constellation, 2020
© Christobal Zanartu
 
Sheila Hicks, Constellation, 2020
© Christobal Zanartu
 
Sheila Hicks, Constellation, 2020
© Christobal Zanartu
 
Sheila Hicks, Portrait, 2018, Musée Carnavalet, Paris, Photo © Cristobal Zanartu