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Rietumu supports French tapestry exhibition in Riga

BC, Tallinn, 19.06.2018.Print version

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is inviting the public to see an exhibition of tapestries from the Mobilier National collection in France, one of the events in Riga this summer that marks the 100th anniversary of Latvia, organized with support from Rietumu Bank’s Charity Fund. 

 Exhibition Color of Gobelins offers a look into the textile collection of Mobilier National (National Furniture Foundation) in France, where the Gobelins Manufactory (La Manufacture nationale des Gobelins), since its founding in Paris in the 17th century, continues to cultivate outstanding traditions of craftsmanship and maintains a constant link to modern art. 

The choice of 15 tapestries was based on color and its essential role in the art of weaving. Along with works made from sketches of many famous artists, the exhibition also includes two recent large-format tapestries made at Mobilier National Manufactories in Paris and Beauvais by Latvian textile artist Egils Rozenbergs: “Reflections – Contemplation 1948.13” and “Reflections – Contemplation 1948.20”. 

“The handmade works of art, created by artists from world-famous manufactures, have to be seen in person. It is this kind of personal contact that gives opportunity to relish the skill of the French weavers and to realize that true art may take different forms, beyond the traditional concepts and classical forms. We were happy to support the exhibition, to be able to contribute so these wonderful tapestries could be seen by as many art connoisseurs as possible in Latvia,” said Inga Shina, CEO at Rietumu Charity Fund. 

The exhibition showcases works made from sketches by such outstanding artists as Henri Matisse, Jean Lurçat, Joan Miró, Le Corbusier, Raymond Hains, Patrick Tosani, Philippe Favier, Erró, François Boisrond, Gérard Schlosser, Vincent Bioulès, Jacques Monory, Christophe Cuzin, Éric Sandillon. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Latvian National Museum of Art / Museum of Decorative Arts and Design with support from Rietumu Charity Fund, in cooperation with Mobilier National and the French Institute in Latvia. 

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