Past and Present of the Art of Woven Tapestry

14 October 2005 - 14 November 2005

In autumn 2005, the Museum of Fine Arts will - together with the Association of Hungarian Tapestry Artists - stage a large international exhibition of contemporary tapestry. A five-member international jury then selected 40 of these. Created by a total of 36 artists, the works chosen were from many different countries, among them South Korea and the USA. Fourteen of the works picked were by Hungarian artists, who are at the forefront of the renewal of the tapestry genre. Beside the contemporary pieces visitors will be able to see eight 17th century tapestries; most of them are borrowed from Paris for the exhibition. A richly illustrated catalogue in two languages (Hungarian and English) will accompany the exhibition. Once a leading genre but subsequently overshadowed for many centuries, tapestry art returned to its classic technique and renewed its language in the 1980s. Weaving is able to combine an ancient language with contemporary sensitivity: with its handicraft technique it is one of the oldest artistic activities, yet it exhibits a fundamental structural kinship with the youngest language of communication, the language of the computer display-screen. With their attractive colours and their dynamism, the pieces on show will lend excitement to the exhibition spaces, while their ingenuity and innovation will dispel traditional ideas regarding the genre of tapestry. As joint organiser of the exhibition 'Metamorphoses. The Art of Woven Tapestry Past and Present', the Museum of Fine Arts wishes to support the development and international recognition of Hungarian tapestry art.

Curator of the exhibition: Edit András