Exposition: Willem De Rooij


double double

Tuesday, 3rd February, 7pm

Green Room, Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37


Blanket, mantle. Miwok, Wappo, Patwin, Nisenan or Konkow. USA, California. Early nineteenth century. Feathers from wild geese and ducks, hemp cord, trade beads. 143 x 115 cm. Collected by Admiral Baron Ferdinand von Wrangell, probably 1833. Gift of Baron Wilhelm von Rossillon, 1834. Photo: Wolfgang Günzel


We are delighted to invite you to the vernissage of the exhibition Willem de Rooij double double. The opening takes place on Tuesday, 3rd February 2015, at 7pm in the Green Room of the Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37.

Three nearly identical blankets are placed in three nearly identical vitrines in three nearly identical exhibition rooms. One of the blankets comes from the Weltkulturen Museum’s ethnographic collection. It was given to the museum in 1834 and is made from tightly woven duck and goose feathers.

Two further blankets in the Green Room exhibition are copies commissioned by Willem de Rooij. They are made of camelhair and, in turn, echo the feathered blanket as well as each other. The ethnographic object is spatially sandwiched between its two replicas.

Willem de Rooij has incorporated hand-woven tapestries in his work for over six years. He produces these with Ulla Schünemann, whose workshop near Potsdam, which was established in the 1920s, still uses three hundred year old looms. For Willem de Rooij, these various tapestries connect and cement the different strands within his work. Each new version adds to the growing syntax of the series and becomes part of a family of works.

Willem de Rooij (*1969, NL) is Professor of Fine Arts at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennial in 2005. Major solo exhibitions include Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2010), Kunstverein München (2012) and The Jewish Museum, New York (2014).


4th February – 29th March 2015
Tues – Sun, 11am – 6pm, Wed, 11am – 8pm
Entrance: €3 / reduced  €1.50

Green Room, Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37, 60594 Frankfurt

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