January 12, 2008 – March 02, 2008
Diamonds and Bars.
Die Kunst der Amischen. Quilts der Sammlung Schlumberger. (The Art of
the Amish. Quilts from the Sammlung Schlumberger)
An exhibition at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Opening: January 11, 2008, 7 p.m.
at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
With a special contribution by Andrea Bowers: "The Weight of Relevance"
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The quilts of the Amish People living in the US come from the eras of Queen
Victoria, the time of Jugendstil and Art Déco, which means, they were
created between 1850 and 1940. The quilts, prepared exclusively by women in
this strict, Christian religious community, are a diametrical contrast to the
concurrent, European-influenced, American art and anticipate the design principles
of the modern era far in advance. Abstract motifs and luminous color are varied,
combined, and with their precise design patterns, present a deeply traditional
branch of textile art. The "discovery" of the quilts took place,
remarkably, in the 1960s, at the time of Minimal Art and Concrete Art. Over
the past fifteen years, Maria Schlumberger has built up with stringency and
passion, one of the world’s highest quality collections on the theme
of the Amish quilts—inspired by her partner, Friedrich E. Rentschler’s
distinguished contemporary collection FER. After the exhibition at the Pinakothek
der Moderne in Munich, the ZKM | Karlsruhe is pleased to have the opportunity
to present a selection of 70 pieces from this unique collection at the ZKM
| Museum of Contemporary Art.
Andrea Bowers: The Weight of Relevance
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a quilt of enormous
dimensions, which is prepared by thousands of people throughout the world to
remember the lives of the countless people who have died from AIDS. In
her video documentation, the American artist Andrea Bowers focuses on the people
who exhibit the "AIDS Memorial Quilt" and supervise the storage room in which
this cultural artifact is kept.
An extensive catalogue has been published for the exhibition "Diamonds
and Bars" (ed. by Florian Hufnagl), Arnoldsche Verlaganstalt, Stuttgart
2007, available at the ZKM | for € 49.80.
Guided tours: Sun 4 p.m. on 20 January/ 3 February / 17 February / 2 March