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Hanging

Hanging

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)
    1926 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stölzl, Gunta, born 1897 - died 1983 (weaver)
    Albers, Anni, born 1899 - died 1994 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Triple weave, silk and rayon, linen

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.534-1968

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Anni Albers studied weaving because it was the only course open to women at the Weimar Bauhaus, an institution founded by Walter Gropius (1883-1969) to train architects, artists and industrial designers. Its aim was to unite architecture and the fine and applied arts. Anni Albers often looked to her colleague Gunta Stölzl for inspiration and technical advice and eventually succeeded her as Director of the weaving workshop.

Albers argued for the need for craft-based design. She encouraged designers to become familiar with the fibres and textures which would be used and not to think of design solely in terms of linear patterns.

The original weaving of this important hanging was destroyed during the Second World War. It was rewoven by Gunta Stölzl and 'AA' is embroidered in the bottom right hand corner.

Physical description

Hanging of triple weave construction of cream silk and black and yellow rayon. With a geometric design in black, white and yellow rectangular divisions. Silk warp and weft. The grey tones are created by weft and warp combination of two sets of warp threads, one set white and the other black. The rectangles are formed by a simple tabby weave. The hanging is sewn to a grey linen and the last two inches, top and bottom, are sewn over to form sleeves for the battens.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1966 (made)
1926 (designed)

Artist/maker

Stölzl, Gunta, born 1897 - died 1983 (weaver)
Albers, Anni, born 1899 - died 1994 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Triple weave, silk and rayon, linen

Marks and inscriptions

'AA' [monogram]
Embroidered in black thread below the right corner

Dimensions

Length: 2076 mm, Width: 1214 mm, Length: 80 in, Width: 47 in, Length: 1194 mm

Descriptive line

Triple weave wall-hanging of silk and rayon, designed by Anni Albers, 1926/7, woven under the supervision of Gunta Stölzl, Germany, 1966.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

no.151
Takahiko Sano (ed.) The European Art of Textiles, Osaka : NKH Kinki Medi Plan, 1995

Labels and date

Anni Albers studied weaving simply because it was the only course open to women at the Weimar Bauhaus, an institution founded by Walter Gropius [1883-1969] to train architects, artists and industrial designers. Its aim was to unite architecture and the fine and applied arts. Anni Albers often looked to her colleauge Gunta Stölzl for inspiration and technical advice and eventually succeeded her as Director of the weaving workshop.
Albers argued for the need for craft-based design and encouraged designers to become familiar with the fibres and textures which would be used and not to think of design solely in terms of linear patterns. [1995]

Production Note

The original weaving of this important hanging was destroyed during the Second World War; it was rewoven under the supervision of Gunta Stölzl in an edition of three. One of these is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 'AA' is embroidered in the bottom right hand corner.

Materials

Material; Silk; Linen

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Textiles; Wall coverings

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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