Schirn Kunsthalle

Hannah Ryggen

Woven Mani­festos

26 Sep 2019 - 12 Jan 2020

Hannah Ryggen, Vi lever på en stjerne (We are Living on a Star), 1958, Tapestry weave in wool and linen, 400 x 300 cm, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design), Trondheim © H. Ryggen, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Photo: Thor Nielsen
Woven Mani­festos
26 September 2019 – 12 January 2020

Curators Dr. Marit Paasche, Oslo And Esther Schlicht, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Hannah Ryggen weaves stories of striking topi­cality. Her monu­mental tapes­tries bravely tackle the funda­mental issues of life in society today: the atrocity of war, the abuse of power, the depen­dence on nature and the rela­tion to family as well as fellow men and women. Living on a small self-suffi­cient farm on the west coast of Norway, the Swedish-Norwe­gian artist created a powerful, polit­i­cally inspired oeuvre. She launched spec­tac­ular visual attacks on Hitler, Franco, and Mussolini and made powerful state­ments of support to the victims of Fascism and Nazism. On the occa­sion of Norway’s turn as Guest of Honor at the Frank­furt Book Fair in 2019, the SCHIRN is dedi­cating a major mono­graphic exhi­bi­tion that will provide the first in-depth
insight into her oeuvre to the German public. The roughly 25 tapes­tries on display will also show Hannah Ryggen as a repre­sen­ta­tive of a different kind of modernism, a modernism where elements from folk art and mythology are mixed with issues from contem­po­rary life. She explored an entirely new range of motifs while using a tradi­tional medium for an unprece­dented purpose: making portable murals that commu­ni­cated her potent polit­ical messages to the public.