From units to unity: exhibition displays wall hangings by Noa Eshkol

Noa Eshkol, Sunset at Edom Mountains , 1989, Copyright: Courtesy the Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel and neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Noa Eshkol, Sunset at Edom Mountains , 1989, Copyright: Courtesy the Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel and neugerriemschneider, Berlin

She is known as a dancer first and foremost, as the co-inventor of the ‘Movement Notation’ system. Yet Noa Eshkol (1924 to 2007) also caused a stir in the world with her wall hangings. The Opelvillen Museum in Rüsselsheim will be displaying a really quite special collection of hers during Heimtextil.

It was immediately after the Yom Kippur War that the Israeli artist began to create tapestries from bits of fabric she had found and collected – using them just as they were without altering them in any way. And by this method she created spontaneous, colourful wall hangings from a wide variety of shapes and colours. The materials come from all parts of Israel and thus tell the story of a country which has many layers.

Eshkol’s Wall Carpets will be on display in the exhibition from November 2013 to March 2014. You can reach the Opelvillen gallery by S-Bahn in 40 minutes, so that it would be a good way of relaxing and rounding off a successful day at the trade fair. More information is available at: http://www.opelvillen.de and http://www.ewmncenter.com/133376/Rugs (official website of the Movement). Anyone who would like to know more about Israeli textile design is recommended to visit the “Israel Textile and Fashion Association” stand in Hall 4.2.

Marc Chalupsky

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