From the 1960s, the Polish-Belgian artist Tapta (aka Maria Wierusz-Kowalski, 1926-1997) radically redefined sculpture by using textiles and other flexible materials as sculptural elements. At the same time, she promoted textile art and weaving techniques beyond the categories of the decorative arts and crafts.
Departing from Tapta's practice as an artist and teacher at the Institute of Architecture and Visual Arts, La Cambre, this exhibition focuses on some of the central issues around which Tapta developed her works: the tactility of materials, the suppleness of structures, the dynamics of falling and resting, reflection, light, site-specificity and the interaction between artwork, space and viewer. Tapta’s practice is re-examined by the artists/professors Greet Billet, Hana Miletić and Richard Venlet.
Date: May 18–August 13, 2023
Venue: Wiels, Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Vorst
Curated by: Liesbeth Decan
Wiels in collaboration with the Photography Expanded Research Group at LUCA School of Arts Brussels