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Tapestries from Picasso and Le Corbusier to Louise Bourgeois

March 28, 2020 – June 1, 2020
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For the first time in the Netherlands, Kunsthal Rotterdam is presenting a retrospective of imposing tapestries after designs by renowned artists such as Picasso, Le Corbusier, Miró, Vasarely and Louise Bourgeois, most of which were produced by the world-famous Parisian ‘Manufacture des Gobelins’. With over sixty works spanning the period from just after the First World War up to the present, the exhibition reveals how surprisingly modern this traditional craft is.

The exhibition focuses on a virtually unknown aspect in the work of many modern and contemporary artists. With the ancient technique of weaving as their point of departure, they are constantly searching for new ways to interpret textile art. The old techniques for weaving and knotting have remained virtually unchanged for centuries; creating a tapestry still requires thousands of hours of intensive manual labour. With their combination of artistic finesse and extraordinary craftmanship, these tapestries are of an unrivalled quality and a joy to behold.

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Frauen bei der Toilette, Picasso, 1969