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ART SEEN - Tapestry at the Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

Mid Morning Mix // Art & Culture // May 10, 2016

"Tapisseries Nomades" - at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne

ART SEEN - Tapestry at the Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

Uli Van Neyghem has been off to see this unusual exhibition with tapestry as a medium for art, showing 30 works retracing the textile art's evolution from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Unexpectedly, the tapestry shown has not been created by nomad tribes. The title of the exhibition reflects a citation by famous Swiss-French pioneer in Architecture and Design Le Corbusier who acknowledged people's increasingly mobile life and described it as "nomad". According to him, tapestry (that could be rolled up and moved) was becoming "the mural of our times".

The exhibition begins with works from mainly the 1960s, the more traditional mostly in wool, but also examples of works created by a younger generation of artists (mainly from Eastern Europe), called the "new barbarians" at the time, using such novel materials as sisal, linen, hemp and horsehair. Rather than producing several copies of the same design in their workshops, they produced single, unique pieces as individual works of art.

In the late 1960s tapestry freed itself from the constraints of the wall. Free-hanging or free-standing pieces started to appear, causing more controversy. Form, volume and relief were addressed without inhibition. Others abandoned the full weave in favour of integrating see-through and empty sections.

In the 1970s tapestry showed increasing technical complexity, as well as poetic and symbolic designs.

The arrival of North American and Asian artists brought a new aesthetic.

All sorts of fibres (animal, vegetal synthetic) began to be used in inventive ways (in keeping with developments in the production of textiles: less traditional weaving and an increasing use of fibres). Silk organza, paper and metal and branches of wood appeared as main components.

Overall "Tapisseries Nomades" is a very inspiring and refreshing exhibition, showing highly creative interpretations of the medium tapestry, explored by artists from many different countries and backgrounds.

The Practical details:

Where:                 Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne

When:                  until May 29, 2016
Opening times:    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 - 18:00
                            Thursday: 11:00 - 20:00
                            Saturday, Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
                            Pentecost Monday: 11:00 - 17:00
Fees:                   Free Entry

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