Yellow carpets with geometric forms and fabrics along the wall flow through the large exhibition space.
© Polly Adler & Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Wien

Carpets as works of art

Polly Apfelbaum’s art needs space. This is why all installations on the upper floor of Belvedere 21 were cleared for her show, recreating the original open space of the World’s Fair pavilion. For Belvedere 21, the artist reveals the relationship between six of her latest space-consuming installations for the first time. Her holistic composition comprising carpets handwoven in Mexico enters into a dialogue with the open, sunlit architecture of the building.

Versatile artist

It’s difficult – if not impossible – to categorize Apfelbaum’s work into the predominant conceptions of art. It uses sensitive materials such as velvet, cotton, fabric dyes and crepe paper. Her large-format floor works in particular, whose effect is almost dizzying, have become her trademark in recent years. The artist’s versatile talent is characterized by soft materials, concentrated spatial arrangements and flowing boundaries between sculpture, painting and installations.

Born in 1955 in Abington, Pennsylvania (USA), she studied painting at the Tyler School of Art, Pennsylvania, and Purchase College, State University of New York. Her work invites a variety of interpretations – between fine art and popular culture, suggestions of color-block painting, Matisse’s paper cuttings, Andy Warhol’s pop art, feminist art and handicrafts. The titles she chooses for her works are often based on pop tunes – her works are a visual delight. The artist lives and works in New York.

Happiness Runs

Sep 7, 2018 - Jan 13, 2019

Belvedere 21

Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 1,50€ off
  • Opening times

    • We - Su, 11:00 - 18:00
    • We, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Public Holidays (including Monday and Tuesday) 11 am-6 pm
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   140  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 1 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 100 cm wide and 250 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (spaces in the Blickle cinema by the entrance on the right)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tactile tours on the architecture of 21er Haus and the sculptures of Fritz Wotrub for blind and visually impaired people. Seating in collection area.

    • Comments

      Sitzmöglichkeiten in den Ausstellungen, im Foyer und in der Garderobe.

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