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JTT is proud to present a single tapestry by Lissy Funk, titled The Secret Fish (Der geheime Fisch) and completed in 1964.
Lissy Duessel is born in Berlin and moves with her family to Cologne
Spends her summers in St. Eppan, in the South Tyrol where her color sensibility is formed in part by her experiences there
Moves with her family to Munich
Begins to study dance with Mary Wigman in Dresden
Family moves to Mendriosotto, canton of the Ticino
Lissy no longer dances, and later states, "As captivating as dance was for me, I could not see my future in it. Drawing and painting were too fast for me - I needed something that would grow from within, that I could create slowly, at my own pace."
Begins to embroider
Studies weaving in St. Gallen with Martha Goggenbühk
Moves to Zurich
Lissy Duessel marries painter Adolf Funk. "He painted and I embroidered; each of us did our own work separately, and yet we were together."
Teaches needlework at the Frauenarbeitsschule (School for Working Women) in Basel
Establishes a studio on Seefeldstrasse in Zurich and sees for the first time, large, late medieval French tapestries at the World's Fair in Paris. "I was overwhelmed by the 'Lady with the Unicorn', and a series of tapestries from Beaune with birds and the words 'Seule' (signifying seule étoile, or 'only star') woven into them over and over. This was the device that the donors, Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guingonde de Salins, used to espress their love for one another. At the same time, I saw Flemish and English tapestries dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. My enthusiasm for them was boundless. These works became my teachers. Their compositions have a quiet, powerful rhythm. Their very beauty is emotionally expressive. The exquisite colors and accomplished handiwork — all these elements create such a full image. 'The whole world is expressed in them,' I told myself. 'This is how it must be.' "
Wins a competition for wall hanging for the council chamber (Kantonsratsaal) of the city hall (Rathaus) of Zurich
Works on large wall hanging for the city hall of Zurich
Lissy and Adolf have a daughter Rosina
and a son Christian
Moves a studio to Kalchbühlstrasse in Zurich
Teaches needlework at the Hauswirtschaftliche Fortbildungsschule in Zurich
Ten tapestries by Jean Lurçat were installed in the Great Hall of the Kunsthaus in Zurich; in each the artist had placed striking colors against a black background. Lissy is inspired by the work greatly.
Won gold medal at international exhibition of liturgical art at Trieste, Italy
Adolf Funk publishes paintings of fish in a catalog titled "Unsere Fische" with text by his brother Fritz Funk. Adolf is an avid fisherman and each of the paintings detail a specific fish he has observed from life.
Honored by the canton of Zurich
Won prize at international textile exhibition at Vevey
Dies in Zurich
The above chronology was taken from the catalog that accompanied the exhibition "Lissy Funk — A Retrospective," held at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1988 and organized by Christa C. Mayer Thurman.
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