Until the late 19th century, painters like Lotto, Holbein and Delacroix restricted themselves to drawing tapestry cartoons or including Oriental carpets in their pictures. Over the course of the 20th century, however, the European avant-garde revolutionized textile art and practice; artists began weaving their own rugs, inspired by works from earlier periods or drawing upon ethnic and geometric motifs.
Since the 1960s, carpets and tapestries often bear a political or feminist message. Beginning with the new millennium, they have grown in popularity. Young contemporary artists like Caroline Achaintre and Pae White are now producing original works that blend tradition, non-Western influences and modernity, for instance through the use of innovative techniques such as digital weaving.
This exhibition challenges the preconceived notion of tapestry as a minor or anachronistic art form. The exhibition also recalls a little known aspect of the history of the MAM that had its own Textile Art department in the 1980s.
As guest artistic director, theLondonbased artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz has designed the exhibition in collaboration with architect Christine Ilex Beinemeier. The ambient music (“furnishing music”) serving as the exhibition’s audio backdrop is a playlist proposed by aesthetic lecturer Jean-Philippe Antoine.
The richly illustrated catalogue is co-published with Skira-Flammarion (with graphic design by Huz&Bosshard).
Olga de Amaral
John M Armleder
Atelier E.B. (Lucy McKenzie et Beca Lipscombe)
Ateliers Wissa Wassef
Mark Barrow et Sarah Parke
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Alexandre da Cunha
Dewar & Gicquel
Frederick Etchells (Omega Workshops)
Helen Frances Gregor
Asger Jorn et Pierre Wemaëre
Märta Måås Fjetterström
Karin Mamma Andersson
Nathalie du Pasquier
Jean Picart Le Doux
Robert Camille Quesnel (Frères Braquenié)
Willem de Rooij
Dieter Roth & Ingrid Wiener
Ivan da Silva Bruhns