At the heart of Hella Jongerius’s artistic practice is the connection between industry and craft as well as traditional knowledge and technology. In spring 2021, the Gropius Bau will present a solo exhibition devoted to the artist and designer that will continue to develop over the course of time.
In Hella Jongerius’s work, weaving plays a significant role – as one of the oldest cultural technologies, while also at the root of digital code. Entitled "Woven Cosmos", the exhibition uses interactive elements to engage visitors in the artist’s open-ended, process-oriented techniques, encouraging a critical examination of issues around production and sustainability, present and future. Apart from Jongerius’s research into innovation and her progressive experimental practices, the exhibition highlights her ongoing enquiry into how we relate to objects – and how they can heal us. The show is entwined with the history of the Gropius Bau, which was once a Museum and School of the Decorative Arts with its own workshops, a place where art and craft came together. In that tradition, Hella Jongerius will bring her Studio Jongeriuslab to the Gropius Bau to produce new works in the months leading up to the exhibition.
Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal with Clara Meister in cooperation with Studio Hella Jongerius