Polly Apfelbaum’s Colorful Carpets Take Over Vienna’s Belvedere 21
A hybrid aesthetic characterizes the work of American artist Polly Apfelbaum—one exhibition may pair wall-hung ceramics with handwoven rugs. For “Happiness Runs” at Vienna’s Belvedere 21, the artist, with curator Stella Rollig, has narrowed the scope to carefully considered works on the floor, specifically carpets. The exhibition, which takes its name from a 1968 song by Donovan, gathers portions of six installations into one space.
The works, carpets made in Mexico, have been shown over the past six years in installations that frequently involved other mediums. Here, on the upper floor of the museum, the carpets interact solely with each other and the building. “By painting in the space, I wanted the architecture to breathe,” Apfelbaum says. The result is a dialogue between the work, the space, and the visitors. The show, up until January 13, must be viewed without shoes.