Exhibition on view

Andrea Zittel
Personal Patterns
Haus Esters

As one of the most important artists of her generation the American Andrea Zittel has redefined sculpture as part of everyday life. The first solo exhibition in Germany since twenty years, that was conceived and developed in close collaboration with the artist, takes over Haus Esters. Zittel’s transdisciplinary practice, manifested in her visual as well as personal patterns, meets Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s built utopia of a new life, erected in 1927.

Since the 1990s, Zittel has been exploring the space around her in “test sites for investigative living”—first in the density of New York and later in the vastness of the Californian desert. For an entire season, for example, she wore her own Uniform every day; later, she built her compound and studio complex A-Z West. Her experimental works are based on her interest in human needs, especially as they take shape in designs. Influenced by the avant-gardes of the early twentieth century, Zittel develops simple, futuristic furniture, fashion, and architecture, often acting as a one-woman enterprise. Art and life, as well as artist, private person, and entrepreneur merge in her work. Zittel has furnished Haus Esters with international loans and works tailored specifically to the spaces. Her works oscillate between function and abstraction, sounding out private versus social spaces. By that they open new perspectives onto ways of life and values that seem self-evident—but are not necessarily so. The exhibition will be documented with a catalogue in German and English.

Curator: Juliane Duft

Personal Patterns is part of the HLHE Dialogue exhibition series, in which the oeuvres of Sonia Delaunay and Andrea Zittel are being shown alongside each other in the fall of 2022 under the guiding theme of Living Abstraction. With these two pioneering positions that transcend the boundaries between art and everyday life, the avant-garde of the early twentieth century meets the present.

We ask for your understanding, that the interior of the Hellerau Garden House, equipped by Zittel in the framework of her permanent installation, is not accessible during the winter months due to weather conditions.

Funders

Kunststiftung NRW

with the support of

Illhill (Krefeld)

Cultural Partner

WDR3
Andrea Zittel, Panels and Portals #2, 2020  
Watercolour, gouache, paper  
© Andrea Zittel, Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers, photo: Timo Ohler
Andrea Zittel, Panels and Portals #2, 2020
Watercolour, gouache, paper
© Andrea Zittel, Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers, photo: Timo Ohler
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Personal Patterns, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2022, installation view
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Planar Composition for Esters Garden House, 2019–2022  
Sculpture garden, collection Kunstmuseen Krefeld & Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.   
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Planar Composition for Esters Garden House, 2019–2022
Sculpture garden, collection Kunstmuseen Krefeld & Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Planar Composition for Esters Garden House, 2022  
Sculpture Garden, collection Kunstmuseen Krefeld & Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.  
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Planar Composition for Esters Garden House, 2022
Sculpture Garden, collection Kunstmuseen Krefeld & Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.
© Andrea Zittel, photo: Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel  
Perpendicular Planar Carpet Bench, 2019  
Haus Esters Gartenhaus  
Dauerleihgabe der Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.  
© Andrea Zittel / photo: Dirk Rose / Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Andrea Zittel
Perpendicular Planar Carpet Bench, 2019
Haus Esters Gartenhaus
Dauerleihgabe der Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.
© Andrea Zittel / photo: Dirk Rose / Kunstmuseen Krefeld

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