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Contemporary Art

Sheila Hicks

Le tissage comme métaphore

06.24 — 09.25

The Musée Industriel de la Corderie Vallois is presenting an exhibition by the artist Sheila Hicks, around a series of works from the collection of the Centre Pompidou and a creation especially produced for this site.

Since the 1960s, Sheila Hicks has produced a set of work dealing both with the traditional history of culture, and in particular the ancestral techniques of pre-Incan weaving, and the founding principles of the Bauhaus, by applying a constructivist rigour to the sensuality of forms and materials. Her deep understanding of the anthropological dimension of textiles and art means that she has been able to defy classical critical categories, and to raise questions about the borders between fine art, craftsmanship and design, as well as interweaving non-Western traditions and the archetypal forms of modernism, geometric abstractions, along with the heritage and progress of Anti-Form.

Sheila Hicks has decisively contributed to spreading textile art far further than its conventional form of tapestry. In Sheila Hicks’s work – as a world artist before her time – weaving acts as a powerful metaphor: her textile sculptures bring together the threads of art and life. When looking at her work, we ca see how the canvas, which is the medium of fine pictorial art, is also a material that clothes us and furnishes our interiors.

in the just the sort of singular framework and context that she loves, Sheila Hicks is displaying pieces that bear witness to various aspects of her work: from her Minimes, small A4-sized weavings which are the software of an entire oeuvre, to her supple sculptures, whose aspect may well shift over time, while taking in her projects based on design, such as those she has create for Knoll.

Curatorship: Michel Gaulthier, Curator at the MNAM and Florence Calame-Levert, Curator at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

Musée industriel de la Corderie Vallois

185 route de Dieppe
76 960 Notre-Dame-de- Bondeville
06.24 - 09.25 13:30-18:00
Accessible for disabled persons
Practical informations :

▶︎ Daily from 1.30pm to 6pm.
▶︎ Closed on May 1st.


  • Sheila Hicks, Calamity Jane, 2022

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