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Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (touring)

Start Date 16 April 2016
End Date 25 September 2016
Venue Textilemuseet
Location Boras, Sweden
Curator Organised by Fashion and Textile Museum, London
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins with backdrop of printed textiles

Now there is a unique opportunity to open the door to a large private collection with about 200 rare art textiles. Discover the unknown history behind textile patterns by a variety of internationally renowned artists such as Matisse, Chagall, Miró, Dali and many more.

At the beginning of the 20th century, a movement emerged among progressive artists who wanted to democratize art. Their ideas were linked to modernism and to the industrialization and democratization of society. By combining art and mass production, all citizens would be offered an opportunity to have a masterpiece in their home. Fabric printing was a perfect method to use to spread high quality modern art to everyone. The art textiles were first printed as fabric lengths to hang, but eventually developed into products such as garments and furniture.

This exhibition presents a unique private collection with about 200 fabric prints from the 1920s to the 1970s. It shows fabric lengths, clothes, accessories and more, with patterns by internationally known artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Miró, Dali, Delaunay, Warhol, etc. Many of the fabrics are very rare and have never been shown in public before. Artist Textiles is an international traveling exhibition produced by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London which conducted a major study of the interesting history behind these fabrics.

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