Intervention #18 Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks. CLUSTER OF SOUNDS (Ninety DESIRES), 2005. 25 x 21 cm. Polyester. Collection C. Mc Carty. Photo: B. van den Berg. Sheila Hicks archive.

Intervention #18 Sheila Hicks
Cent Minimes
26 November 2011 - 4 March 2012

This coming winter, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will present a special installation of one hundred small woven textile works. These creations are from American artist Sheila Hicks, known for her colourful and three-dimensional textile sculptures.

Since the 1960's, Sheila Hicks (1934), trained in the modernistic Bauhaus tradition, has a unique way of mixing autonomous art with the traditional craft of weaving. She makes 'paintless paintings' - also called textile graffiti - as well as architectural installations. In Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Hicks presents a selection of small woven works (minimes) she made as some kind of diary notes over the past fifty years. These works of art are created on a home-made manual loom that is not bigger than a canvas stretcher. The designs depend on her inspiration at the time. As well as these minimes, some parts of her sketchbooks, a few photographs and other sources of inspiration are also on display.

Explosion of colours
The colourful installation called ‘Cent Minimes’ is shown in the central stairwell, designed by Robbrecht and Daem in 2003. The selection of one hundred woven works is not in chronological order, but rather put together by way of association as an explosion of colours in the upper regions of the stairwell.

Sheila Hicks was born in Hastings, Nebraska (USA), and studied at Yale University. After her graduation in 1957, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, which allowed her to start painting. In South America she developed an interest in working with textiles and traditional weaving techniques. From that time on, she worked with a number of craftspeople from Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Morocco and India. Today, she spends time at her studios in Paris and New York. Her works are part of several collections, such as those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The exhibition is a partnership project with the U(P)M Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (until 6 November 2011) and will next come to Rotterdam.

Design in Boijmans
‘Intervention #18 Sheila Hicks - Cent Minimes’ comes under the ‘Design in Boijmans’ programme. Design is a central theme at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen this autumn. With two large design exhibitions and one small design exhibition, as well as the arrangement of the museum collection, much of the attention at the museum is on design and applied art. In 2012, current developments and innovations in design are also on the agenda.