Geneva, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Espace Focus, 21 October 2021 - 27 April 2022

Work on loan

Red Abakan III, the enigmatic woven sculpture by Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017), will be on view until spring 2022 at Espace Focus, International Red Cross und Red Crescent Museum. The loan was requested by the Museum in the context of their annuel theme « Gender & Diversity ».

IRCM annuel cycle "Gender & Diversity"


Como, Miniartextil, 30th edition

Pinacoteca Civica, 27 April - 18 July 2021

Works on loan

Having already worked together with the Arte&Arte Association on a number of occasions, the Fondation Toms Pauli is taking part in this year’s 30th edition of Miniartextil. Works by Magdalena Abakanowicz and Olga de Amaral, two outstanding figures of the Fiber Art movement, will be displayed next to 54 contemporary artworks.

Anniversary edition programme www.miniartextil.it


Aubusson, Centre culturel et artistique Jean-Lurçat

Mural and Spatial. How the Lausanne Biennials 1962-1969 transformed the world of tapestry, 29th June – 6th October 2019

Co-curated by Giselle Eberhard Cotton, director of the Fondation Toms Pauli, Lausanne, and Bruno Ythier, curator of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie, in Aubusson.

This summer, the Fondation Toms Pauli and the Cité internationale de la tapisserie will be presenting an exhibition in Aubusson devoted to the first Lausanne Biennials (1962 - 1969), focusing on their transformative impact on the art of tapestry in Europe and worldwide.

Le Mur et l’Espace (Mural and Spatial) will bring together some 35 large-format works from prestigious European and North American collections, providing the opportunity to discover or rediscover creations originally displayed  at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne in the 1960s, including works by Abakanowicz, Adams, Brennan, Delaunay, Giauque, Le Corbusier, Picasso, Rousseau-Vermette, Yoors and others.

The Fondation Toms Pauli’s 20th-Century Collection will be represented by five works that left their mark on Biennial audiences, by the artists Buić, Chevalley, Jobin, Lindgren and Lurçat.

Psychedelic Cathedral, a woven example of monumental architecture, designed by the Swiss artists Arthur and Claire Jobin, will be displayed in the lobby of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie for the entire duration of the exhibition.


Łódź, Central Museum of Textiles

Metamorphism. Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017)
Part 1: 30th November – 1st April 2018 / Part 2: 17th May – 9th September 2018

Works on loan and collaboration

The Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź is commemorating the recent passing of Magdalena Abakanowicz, an internationally renowned Polish artist whose international career started at the Lausanne Tapestry Biennials.

The inaugural exhibition will present a series of textile works preserved in public and private collections in Poland. The second part will bring together 25 of the artist’s creations belonging to the Fondation Toms Pauli Contemporary Collection.

This two-part event pays tribute to Abakanowicz’s fundamental research ranging from mural tapestry to sculpture, and highlights her pioneering role in the development of twentieth-century textile art.


Lausanne Parliament, Pas-Perdus Room, Spring 2017

Work on loan

For the official inauguration of the new building of the Grand Conseil (parliament) of Vaud, the Fondation Toms displayed their Black Column tapestry, an almost 4-metre high, refined and graphic work created in 1973 by the Swiss artist, Moïk Schiele.


Biel, NMB Neues Museum Biel

Lissy Funk - From Generation to Generation, 17th September - 25th December 

Works on loan

For its upcoming exhibition, the Neues Museum Biel will focus on the embroidered works of Lissy Funk (1909 – 2005), as well as featuring paintings by her husband, Adolf Funk, and her daughter, Rosina Kuhn.

On loan: 8 embroidered works 

In parallel: the Rosina Kuhn – From Generation to Generation exhibition at the Kunsthaus, Grenchen/Granges (until the 23rd October 2016)

Guimarães, Musée Alberto Sampaio / Contextile Contemporary Textile Art Biennial

A Textile Memory: The Lausanne Biennials
30th July – 16th October 2016

Works on loan and collaboration

After NomAadic Tapestries, the Fondation Toms Pauli is offering another perspective on the development of textile art during the period 1960 to 2000 with more than 25 works from their 20th-century collection.  A Textile Memory: The Lausanne Biennials takes its place in the very contemporary environment of the third edition of Contextile.

Lausanne, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts

Tapisseries nomades. Fondation Toms Pauli. 20th-Century Collection 
25 March – 29 May 2016

Own exhibition

The exhibition Tapisseries nomades draws on the Fondation Toms Pauli contemporary collection. To be presented at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, it will retrace the medium’s evolution from the 1960s to the 2000s: from classical wall tapestry to textile sculpture and from decoration to installation. 

Comprising thirty works, some of them on a monumental scale, the exhibition reveals an almost unknown aspect of the canton’s 20th-century collection, in a range of works by Lurçat, Abakanowicz, Buić, de Amaral, Delaunay, Giauque and Agano. These pioneers of the postwar tapestry revival played a significant part in redefining textile art as a major expressive form.  

Pforzheim, Pforzheim Galerie

Aufbruch Textil, 22nd February - 22nd May 2016

Works on loan

Pioneers of the New Tapestry movement of the 1960s, Ritzi and Peter Jacobi were active in Pforzheim for more than 20 years.  Their works,  together with those of several of their contemporaries  including  Abakanowicz, de Amaral, and Buic, have been juxtaposed with a number of recent textile works by German artists.

On loan six textile works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Olga de Amaral, Jagoda Buić et Jean Lurçat.

Abakanowicz, Abakan rouge III,
Abakan rouge, Musée int. Croix-Rouge, Genève, 2021-22
Olga de Amaral, Miniartextil, Como, 2021
Atlas, exposition inaugurale MCBA, Lausanne, 2019, photo E. Malapert
Le Mur et l'Espace, Aubusson, 2019
Le Mur et l'Espace, Aubusson, 2019
Metamorfizm. Magdalena Abakanowicz, Łódź, 2018
Lissy Funk, L'Arbre de vie (détail), 1964
A Textile Memory: the Lausanne Biennials, Guimarães, 2016
Tapisseries nomades, Lausanne, 2016
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