Lausanne, Espace Arlaud

Contempory Textile Art. The Collection of the Pierre Pauli Association, 6th July – 27th August 2000

Own exhibition

Exhibition of 49 contemporary works from the Pierre Pauli Association, donated to the newly created Fondation Toms Pauli.

Lausanne has not forgotten the International Tapestry Biennials, held from 1962 to 1995, which made it the world capital of contemporary textile art. Working with Jean Lurçat, Pierre Pauli was one of the main instigators of these events. When he died in 1970, an association was created in his name by a group of prominent international and Swiss artists who endowed it with an important collection of works.

There are very few contemporary textile-art collections in Europe. The one created by the Pierre Pauli Association was implicitly constituted to focus attention on the revolution that was taking place in textile art in the second half of the twentieth century, and to group together the various trends: tapestries, reliefs, sculptures and environments. Catalogue in French, English and German

 « Une exposition lausannoise ressuscite l’âge d’or de l’art textile contemporain », Le Temps, juillet 2000       


Lausanne, Musée romain

Ancient Stories, Tapestries from the Toms Collection, 11th October 1997 – 11th January 1998

Presentation of the Collection

An exhibition of ten pieces dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, depicting mythological scenes or illustrating episodes from ancient history.

Payerne, Abbey and Museum

Toms Collection. Of Threads and Colours: Tapestries of the 16th to 18th Century, 4th May – 22nd September 1997

Own exhibition

A first public display of twenty tapestries - including some major works - from the Fondation Toms Collection, on their return to Switzerland after restoration by De Wit Royal Manufacture in Mechelen. In the majestic context of the Payerne Abbey, the exhibition shows some of the masterpieces from the main production centres in Flanders, France, England and Italy – an homage to the collectors Mary and Reginald Toms. Catalogue in French and German

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