Pattern and Decoration.
Ornament As a Promise
Ludwig Forum Aachen
– 13 January 2019
The pattern and decoration movement developed in the 1970s in the USA as one of the last art movements of the 20th century. It combines patchwork and decorative patterns with a political-emancipatory approach. The exhibition “Pattern and Decoration. Ornament As a Promise” thus presents alternative ideas to existing, male-dominated understandings of art, making full use of the collection of the Ludwig Forum Aachen, which is unique in Europe.
The exhibition showcases 65 works by artists from the Pattern and Decoration movement – “from Oriental-looking mosaics to monumental textile collages, paintings and graphics to room installations and video performances”. The proportion of women in the movement, higher than ever before, includes feminist artists such as Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Miriam Schapiro. With their work, they not only question traditional views in art, but also primarily address political questions about the role of women and of ethnic minorities.
In addition to works from the Pattern and Decoration movement, the exhibition also shows contemporary works by Polly Apfelbaum, Christine Streuli, and Rashid Rana, for example, and aims to show how the formal and content-related views of their time continue to be relevant today.