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Weavings of Twentieth Century
Tapestries and Carpets of Italian Artists and Manufactures

12 SEP - 8 OCT 2017

(Italiano) Libero
Tuesday - Sunday
10.30 am - 8.30 pm
Palazzo della Triennale
100 unique and rare textiles, from different Italian manufactures in collaboration with the most representative artists, aim to recreate the creative atmosphere that pervaded Italian textile art, during the twentieth century. Not a simple reproduction, the textile work of art reveals the scrupulous and meticulous meditation on painting, a manifestation of art with its own peculiarities, an original vision of an image, through its own language.

Always engaged in discovering, studying and promoting ancient textile art, the Gallery Moshe Tabibnia faces the world of contemporary art, with an event that wants to reveal the story, the protagonists and the fascinating features of the art of weaving in the twentieth century.

For the first time together, unique textiles -more than 100 in the exhibition- from different Italian manufactures, in collaboration with the most representative artists, aim to visually reproduce the creative esprit that has excited Italian textile art during the twentieth century.

An important starting point is the importance of Futurism in the “revival” of Italian textile art in the early twentieth century, and, thereafter, touched upon important events, that in Italy, especially since the Second World War, captured the interest of several artists for this form of applied art, like for example the birth of important textile manufactures, the Milanese Triennals, the request of tapestries for the great transatlantic, the Biennales de la Tapisserie in Lausanne and the Nascent Fiber Art. The exhibition features textiles made by Italian futurists: from the tapestries of Fortunato Depero to the carpets of Giacomo Balla; some of the most important creations displayed at the Biennale di Monza and the Milan Triennals; some of the tapestries realized by Esino Lario’s school of tapestry, on drawings by Gianni Dova, Atanasio Soldati, Alfredo Chighine; woven tapestries conceived for the Italian transatlantic. And again, the tapestries of Ugo Scassa’s workshop, on designs of Corrado Cagli, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Umberto Mastroianni, Mirko Basaldella, Renato Guttuso, Emilio Tadini, Mario Sironi, Luigi Spazzapan, Renzo Piano; the works of the pennenian artworks, on designs by Giacomo Balla, Afro Basaldella, Enrico Accatino, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Marcello Avenali, Diana Baylon; the tapestries and carpets of the MITA manufactory, from the drawings by Emanuele Luzzati, Enrico Paulucci, Aldo Bosco; the tapestries and carpets created by Elio Palmisano from the designs by Oscar Kokoschka, Beppe Caturegli, Piero Dorazio, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Ugo Nespolo, Mario Radice, Mauro Reggiani, Ettore Sottsass, Gillo Dorfles, George Sowden, Luigi Veronesi, Gianfranco Ferroni, Tihamer Gyarmathy. To complete this complex scenario of the Italian tapestries and rugs of the twentieth century, are included in the exhibition the creations of Niki Berlinguer, coming out from the drawings of Corrado Cagli, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana; and the tapestries of Marina Zatta, painted by Renzo Vespignani, Giulio Turcato, Enrico Baj, Toti Scialoja, Emilio Tadini, Mario Nigro.

Finally, a brief glimpse is also dedicated to the works of some of the main protagonists that have characterized Italian Fiber Art from the Seventies, such as Paola Besana, Paola Bonfante and Marialuisa Sponga.
A new tapestry has been realized by Remo Salvadori and will be displayed for the first time.


Curated by
Moshe Tabibnia and Virginia Giuliano

Promoted by
Galleria Moshe Tabibnia
In collaboration with La Triennale di Milano

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