Oval Pillow, ca. 1971/72

Ritzi & Peter Jacobi


EUR 15,000 + VAT


Oval Pillow, ca. 1971/72  

Goat hair, horsehair, sisal

110 x 80 x 70 cm



About this work

The Jacobis have made chairs you can’t sit on and beds you can’t lie on – on which one might place this cushion, with a playful pretense at functionality which summons Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures, with the twist of being applied to an actually soft object. ‘The cable’, they have explained – several run prominently counter to the potential use of this sculpture – ‘is like a drawn gesture in weaving’.


Peter and Ritzi Jacobi met as textile and sculpture students respectively at the Art Academy in Bucharest, marrying in 1966. Until they went their own way in the 1980’s, they collaborated on textiles while developing other separate practices. Their relief tapestries make new experimental and sculptural forms inspired by the Romanian traditions of finely woven blankets, flags and wall hangings and medieval religious embroidery. Anni Albers identified a particular tactility in textiles, arising from how what you see is a direct consequence of the material’s make-up: the Jacobis heighten the effect, often adding contrast by integrating paper and adding to the surface texture by weaving in non-traditional elements such as woven boxes, thick cords, and pieces of wood.

Red Textile Relief, 1979
Small Vertical Relief, 1974/75
Edge of Darkness, 2013



Edge of Darkness, 2013

EUR 38,000 + VAT