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Munich; Sheila Hicks at Espace Louis Vuitton

‘Predestined Colour Waves’, Sheila Hicks
8 October 2015 – 23 January 2016

A beautiful and elegant opening last evening at The Espace Louis Vuitton München “Predestined Color Waves”, the first monographic exhibition in Germany since 1970 of the unique oeuvre of the Paris-based American artist Sheila Hicks.


Atterrissage, 2014, pigments, fibres acryliques, 480 x 430 x 260 cm (dimensions variables).  Courtesy galerie frank elbaz, Paris


Sheila Hicks has long had a passion for architecture, and many of her works respond directly to the built environment: braided bas-reliefs, hanging soft sculpture, abstract tapestries.

Anja Kaehny

Anja Kaehny , director of Espace München(left), Sheila Hicks and Monique Lévi-Strauss, photo@VK

Creating new interpretations of age-old textile techniques, the artist has developed her own experimental and idiosyncratic style incorporating natural fibres, synthetic blends, and at times found objects, organic matter, and industrial materials. Colour, texture, and structure are her central concerns. Hicks’s art is informed by her academic training in Modernism, her encyclopaedic knowledge of historical textiles, her tireless exploration of new technologies, and a lifelong love of investigating different cultures. Painting, photography and archaeology were important early influences during her extended travels and stays in Latin America. (gallery press, Alison Jacques gallery, London) 


Monique Lévi-Strauss (left) and Sheila Hicks, photo@VK

An interest in architecture, sparked during her student years at Yale University where Louis Kahn and Vincent Scully taught and intensified during her residence in Mexico when she met Felix Candela, Luis Barragán, and Ricardo Legorreta, became a cornerstone of her practice.

Sheila Hicks was born in Nebraska in 1934, and as teenager she used to explore the galleries of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she became so impassioned by Peruvian textiles that she talked her way into the storerooms.  After two years at college she transferred to Yale  Art School, where she was one of the female students and where she encountered tow formative professors.  One was Josef Albers, who had brought the principles of the Bauhaus with him to the United States.  Albers was a renewed pedagogue, and his courses included a heavy dose of colour theory. Hicks also undertook independent studies with Alber’s wife, Anni, who shared her interest in textiles.

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Dessin III, 2014, fibre, 61 x 46 cm,  Drawing III, 2014, fiber, 24 x 18 in.
Courtesy galerie frank elbaz, Paris


(left to right)Dr Kirsten Gabrielle Schrick, Dr Ralph Senft & Sabine Senft, photo@VK

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Ferdinand Huwendiek & Alexandra Eley, photo@VK


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The exhibition is made possible by the loan of Atterrissage (2014) from the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. It is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by the art critic Jason Farago and contributions by the writer and textile scholar Monique Lévi-Strauss and Stephanie Rosenthal, artistic director of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney.



Munich; Espace Louis Vuitton invites Min-Jeong Seo who took up residency at Espace Tokyo and art critic Aomi Okabe

In Tokyo, In Situ-1, Espace Louis Vuitton: Sept 13, 2014-January 4th, 2015

A lovely evening last Friday at Espace Louis Vuitton to attend a conversation between  the artist Min-Jeong Seo and art critic Aomi Okabe  on the project where the artist has been in a  residency at the Espace/Louis Vuitton, In Situ-1,  in Tokyo, from September to November 2015 (conversation in japanese, with live german translation)



Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo and Munich launch the  experience Of In-Situ in September 2014  by welcoming South Korean artist Min-Jeong Seo and Malaysian artist Simryn Gill, respectively.

In Tokyo, In Situ/Espace Louis Vuitton Min-Jeong Seo  “opens the door to her ‘studio’ for about four months to share her experience of working in situ with the audience and show the progress of her work. She establishes a bold dialogue between creation and destruction with poetic and highly symbolic installations. By sculpting, breaking and scraping fragile materials such as polystyrene or porcelain, the artist evokes fragility and uncertainty of life, and notions of instant and time.”







photos@published photos, Louis Vuitton In Situ/Tokyo

Min-Jeong also talked about her previous work ‘Explosion” 


as well as the black/white birds made out of porcelain.


photos@Min-Jeong Seo



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