Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
    September 26, 2019–January 12, 2020

    Curated by Marit Paasche and Esther Schlicht

    Amplifying the surge in attention to textile art in general and to the politics and aesthetics of twentieth-century women weavers in particular, Hannah Ryggen’s exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle will include approximately twenty-five monumental tapestries she created between 1926 and 1970. Born in 1894, the Swedish-Norwegian artist used her slow medium to communicate quick, sharp socialist perspectives on the key political events of her day, such as the rise of fascism and militarism in the 1930s, the atrocities of World War II as she experienced them in occupied Norway, and budding debates about gender relations and family life. Working freely, largely without sketches, Ryggen designed exceptionally innovative and expressive compositions that were rightly recognized as being closer to modern painting than to traditional folk craft. An exhibition catalogue will supplement this overview of her exquisite oeuvre.