• 5 February 2023 19:01

Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock

Italiano (Italian)

July 25–September 19, 2021
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 77005
Info: www.mfah.org

Installation view of “Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock”

Olga de Amaral has pioneered her own visual language within the fiber arts movement. Her radical experimentation with color, form, material, composition, and space transforms weaving from a flat design element into an architectural component that defies the confines of any genre or medium.

The MFAH is the debut venue for Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock. This major touring retrospective spotlights the Colombian artist (born 1932) and her prolific, six-decade career through some 50 works that trace Amaral’s architectural investigations of the woven form.

Installation view of “Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock”

Four thematic sections tell the story of Amaral’s creative spirit: “Radical Materialism,” “The Rebel Warp,” “Alchemy,” and “The Line.” Also included are two galleries devoted to her immersive Brumas (Mists) and Estelas (Steles) series.

The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop.

Co-organized by the MFAH Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Cranbrook Art Museum.

Gallery photo captions:

  • Olga de Amaral, Tierra y oro 2 (earth and gold 2),1986, horsehair, linen and gold leaf, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection, gift of Leatrice and Melvine Eagle. Copyright Olga De Amaral
  • Olga de Amaral, Dos columnas moviles, 1985, wool and Horsehair, courtesy of the artist. Copyright Olga De Amaral, photo Diego De Amaral
  • Olga de Amaral, Columna en pasteles, (Column in pastels), 1972, wool and horsehair, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline WQiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund, Copyright Olga De Amaral
  • Olga de Amaral, Bosque i bosque II, 1998, linen and acrylic, courtesy of the artist. Copyright Olga De Amaral, photo Diego De Amaral