Zurich, Museum Bellerive

Der textile Raum, 23rd October 2015 - 22nd February 2016

Works on loan and collaboration 

The Museum Bellerive builds its presentation around the impact of two prominent textile artists and lecturers - Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Elsi Giauque - on the work of an entire generation of Swiss artists.

On loan: seven textile works by Cyril Bourquin, Lissy Funk, Elsi Giauque, Françoise Ragno, Beatrix Sitter-Liver and Marlise Staehelin.

Manchester, The Whitworth Art Gallery

Art_Textiles 1960-2015, 10th October 2015 - 31st January 2016

Works on loan and collaboration 

The Whitworth in its new exhibition space explores the ambivalent status of textiles as an art medium and the way that they have been used, since the 1960’s, as a powerful tool for expressing ideas about the social, political and artistic.

On loan: two textile works by Magdalena Abakanowicz and Jagoda Buić. Catalogue in English


Objectif Gare, 5th 14th June 2015

The Fondation Toms Pauli will be reviving the memory of the Tapestry Biennials in the halls of the Palais de Rumine, as well as displaying the works of the Polish textile artist and sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz, in Espace Arlaud.

Joint museum events have been scheduled as a prelude to the opening of the Museum Hub on the site of the former locomotive depot in Lausanne.


Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, then Columbus and Des Moines

Fiber Sculpture 1960 – Present, 2nd October 2014 – 2nd August 2015

Works on loan and collaboration

The Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present exhibition examines the development of abstraction in soft sculptures, initiated in the 1960s by textile-art pioneers such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sheila Hicks, Lenore Tawney and Claire Zeisler, and further explored today by contemporary artists such as Ernesto Neto, Anne Wilson and Haegue Yang.
On loan: one textile work by Aurelia Muñoz. Catalogue in English


Geneva, Musée Rath

Heroes of Ancient Rome. Flemish tapestry and Antiquity, 29th November 2013 – 2nd March 2014

A co-commissioned exhibition

The Fondation Toms Pauli and the Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève have brought together a magnificent ensemble of Flemish tapestries which illustrate the great heroes of Ancient Rome. These seventeenth-century tapestries, woven in the leading Brussels workshops of the time, take us into the century of Louis XIV and its fascination with political and military virtue as exemplified in the heroic deeds of Alexander, Constantine and Scipio. The exhibition will also feature a selection of engravings, sculptures, artworks and medals.

Two of the Fondation Toms Collection tapestries are exceptional by virtue of their size (the largest is 40m2) and the fineness of their weave: The Story of Scipio the African, and The Story Titus and Vespasian. Catalogue in French

« Conservées dans un état de fraîcheur remarquable, ces pièces mobilières de grand luxe déclinent une Antiquité de fantaisie, hautement hybride, qui mêle librement les références antiques telles qu’on les connaissait (mal) à l’époque et l’esprit du temps. Le « sous-texte » contemporain (politique, religion, voire people) s’entremêle avec aisance aux récits édifiants et aux caractères exemplaires de l’ancienne Rome.» Connaissance des arts, février 2014   

Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum, then Suttgart, Staatsgalerie

Art & Textiles – Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present, 12th  October 2013 – 22nd June 2014)

Works on loan and collaboration

This exhibition is an artistic dialogue between works ranging from Gustav Klimt and Henri Matisse, and Jackson Pollock and Eva Hesse to Chiharu Shiota. It reviews modernism and shows how links were developed between textile art and the applied arts in the twentieth century.
On loan: two textile works by Magdalena Abakanowicz. Catalogue in German and English

Paris, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris

Decorum. Carpets and tapestries by artists, 11th October 2013 – 9th February 2014

Works on loan and collaboration

This exhibition displays around a hundred rugs and tapestries signed by modern and contemporary artists. Pieces from earlier periods and different regions are also presented for the purpose of identifying influences and drawing analogies.
On loan: five textile works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jagoda Buić, Lissy Funk, Helen Francis Gregor and Wojcieh Sadley. Catalogue in French

Mönchengladbach, Museum Abteiberg

Textiles – Open Letter. Abstraction, Textiles, Art, 23rd June – 10th November 2013

Works on loan and collaboration

Textiles – Open Letter assembles the works of several generations of artists who inspired movements such as abstraction and minimalism, and highlights the crucial role of tapestry in modern and contemporary art.
On loan: four textile works by Magdalena Abakanowicz and Sheila Hicks

Aubusson, the International City of Tapestry

Aubusson Tapisseries des Lumières. Splendeurs de la Manufacture royale fournisseur de l’Europe au XVIIIe siècle, 15th June – 31st October 2013

Works on loan

This exhibition shows the influence of the Aubusson tapestry industry across Europe in the eighteenth century. It places the spotlight on this textile art centre, often erroneously considered a periphery of Paris, and redefines its important contribution to the history of decorative arts.
On loan: Landscape with a Fisherman Shouldering His Net tapestry from the second half of the eighteenth century

Pully, Art Museum

From Cuno Amiet to Zao Wou-ki. The Cailler print collection, 7th February to 21st April 2013

Works on loan and collaboration

This exhibition presents 130 prints edited by Pierre Cailler between 1949 and 1971. It traces the story of how, after the war, La Guilde de la Gravure (Engravers’ Guild) published more than 800 original prints signed by famous artists such as Cuno Amiet, Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Jean Lurçat and Zao Wou-Ki.
On loan: two Jean Lurçat tapestries 

Der textile Raum, Zurich, 2015-2016
Art_Textiles, Manchester, 2015-2016
Fiber Sculpture 1960 – Present, Boston, 2014
Héros antiques, Genève, 2013
Kunst & Textil, Wolfsburg, 2013
Decorum, Paris, 2013
Textiles - Open Letter, Mönchengladbach, 2013
De Cuno Amiet à Zao Wou-Ki, Pully, 2013
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