Lihotsky Carpet, 2015
Unique work in a limited edition, signed and numbered
Size 200 x 300 cm
Tibetan hand-knotted wool, Kathmandu, Nepal
Edition of 6 + 3 APs
A project curated by GoldenRuler, Rome
and realized by Equator Production, New York
Liam Gillick’s “Lihotsky Carpet” is based on the work of Viennese architect, Margarete Schuette-Lihotsky, a pioneer of social housing and creator of the “Frankfurt kitchen,” an ergonomically designed kitchen that ushered in the modern household era. A strong-minded and lifelong Communist who lived to be 103 years old, Lihotsky Schutte built social housing in Europe, but also countries ranging from China to Russia, while living in Istanbul and Bulgaria, among other locations. She was a concentration camp survivor, seized by the Gestapo for being part of the Resistance, and later awarded Austria’s highest honors. Gillick’s testimony to this extraordinary woman is a florid tribute to one of her classic floor plans. Gillick’s genius is in lifting the design of an architect, and with quotation and homage, turning a carpet and architecture, into art.
Liam Gillick is a British artist, who lives and works in New York City. He is known for his varied interests in addition to art: music, teaching, architecture, and de- sign.