The International Centre for Ancient and Modern Tapestry (referred to by its French acronym, CITAM) was responsible for organising the Tapestry Biennials from 1962 to 1995. Its archives are now held by two Lausanne institutions. The City of Lausanne Archives keeps the administrative documents and the Fondation Toms Pauli keeps the artists’ application files and the specialised library (ancient tapestry and the New Tapestry movement).

The archives and the library are open to the public and to researchers, by appointment and for on-the-spot consultation.

The database of artworks presented at the Lausanne Tapestry Biennials.

In 2012, in collaboration with the City of Lausanne Archives, the Fondation Pauli created a database, based on sources conserved by the CITAM, showing the 911 works presented at the Lausanne Tapestry Biennials from 1962 to 1992. This visual online platform accompanied by documentation provides professionals and the public at large with a research tool related to the history and international development of the New Tapestry movement during the second half of the twentieth century.

The information contained in the database was drawn from the exhibition catalogues published for each event. The newly digitalised images in colour come from the application files that artists sent in to the jury of the CITAM.

For access to the database in English and French: and  CITAM database

Biennale de la Tapisserie, Lausanne, 1977
Biennale de la Tapisserie, Lausanne, 1981
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