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Maryn Varbanov, Arythmie, 1972 © Musées d'Angers, D. Riou

Josep Grau-Garriga, Signe y materia, 1968 © Musées d'Angers, Pierre David

Olga Boldyreff, La Conquête de la couleur, 1996-2009 © Yves Sabourin

Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine

23 February 2019 - 26 April 2020

Built around the rich collections of the Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine, this exhibition, which brings together over fifty works, offers a chronological, historical and thematic presentation of textile art.
The exhibition opens with a space dedicated to tapestries from the second half of the 1960s, a crucial period for textile art. Here we can see ‘classical’ mural tapestries by artists like Dom Robert (1907-1997), Jean Picart Le Doux (1902-1982) and Robert Wogensky (1919-) alongside works by artists representative of the ‘New Tapestry’ movement, such as Jagoda Buić (1930-), Thomas Gleb (1912-1991) and Josep Grau-Garriga (1929-2011).
The exhibition continues with a chronological presentation of works from the 1970s. Tapestries leave the wall and become veritable sculptural volumes with an emphasis on the materials used, as is the case with the works of Maryn Varbanov (1932-1989), Olga de Amaral (1932-) and Pierre Daquin
A tribute is also paid to female textile artists from the years 1980 to 2000, including Marie-Rose Lortet (1945-), Simone Pheulpin (1941-) and Artémis (1941-)… The 1980s, despite the economic recession, saw many women establishing a name for themselves within the arts scene.
In another room, the textile works bear witness to the New Tapestry movement, born in the 1960s and 1970s, making way for the notion of installations. Here we can see the work of French artist Patrice Hugues (1930-), one of the precursors, and Sabine Zeiler (1949-), a German artist from a younger generation who contributed to prolonging the movement. 
A selection of mini-textiles provides an overview of today’s contemporary creation. This collection was begun in 1993, the date of the first international mini-textiles competition in Angers. 
Finally the permanent room devoted to the work of Catalan artist Josep Grau-Garriga (1929-2011), who settled in Anjou towards the end of his life, welcomes two works, one by Olga Boldyreff (1957-) and another by Wang Kyung-Ae (1955-), fostering a spiritual and artistic dialogue.

Exhibited artists
Masami Amano, Olga de Amaral, Artémis, Nicole Bayle, Dalila Belkacemi, Suzanna Beloff, Françoise Bohl/Denise Mornet, Olga Boldyreff, Jagoda Buić, Jenny Bullen, Bernadette Chéné, Gracia Cutuli, Pierre Daquin, Luis Feito, Marie-Theresa Fernandes, Marie-Noëlle Fontan, Antoinette Galland, Jill Galliéni, Françoise Giannesini, Josep Grau-Garriga, Émile Gilioli, Thomas Gleb, Toko Hayashi, Patrice Hugues, Nio Keiji, Wang Kyung-Ae, Marie-Rose Lortet, Marie-Annick Loubaud, Ana Mazzoni, Simone Pheulpin, Jean Picart le Doux, Dom Robert, Satoru Shoji, Joanne Steele, Raoul Ubac, Maryn Varbanov, Fanny Viollet, Robert Wogensky and Sabine Zeiler.

With the support of the State - Direction régionale des affaires culturelles (DRAC) des Pays de la Loire

Tuesday-Sunday > 10am-6pm
(closed Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 1 & 11 November and 25 December)
Museum admission: €6 / €3 / Free - 26 yrs

Exhibition catalogue, 52 pages, €12.50
Family visits, textile workshops, events…

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