International Tapestry Triennial!
May 12, 2010
So, this week is basically one big textile party. 2010 marks the 13th edition of the International Tapestry Triennial, being held here in Łódź, at the Central Museum of Textiles.
It’s the only kind of tapestry exhibition of its kind left in the world. (The first was in Lausanne, Switzerland and the next was in Kyoto, Japan.) The opening was on Monday and the exhibition, itself, was held in the museum’s ultra-modern wing.
130 artists from 51 countries took part in the exhibition. The Grand Prix winner was Anne-Gry Løland (Norway) for “Monuments.” It was pretty cool– pieces of fabric were stitched into a netting to create one big floating, netted picture. Hard to explain, but take a look.
and Izabel Wyrwa (Poland) for her incredible piece, “Something in the air.”
The three bronze medalists were:
Peter Horn (Germany) for his piece, “Orion Nebula”
Dzintra Vilks (Lithuania) for her piece, “A Meeting of the World Torn by Winds”
and Konrad Zych (Poland) for his piece, “Penetration.”
Remember Zygmunt Łukaszewicz? He taught me everything I know about gobelin weaving. Well, he got the Central Museum of Textiles Medal!! His gobelin was absolutely beautiful–so bold. Sort of a Georgia O’Keefe-esque closeup of a flower, but more akin to a landscape of sorts.
The Award of the Union of Polish Artists “Polish Applied Arts” went to Lia Altman (Russia) for her piece, “Clear Sky.” Definitely caught my eye– given my interest in social/political history… well, and technically it was amazing– all those dudes are woven.
The AKAPI Foundation Award for the best debut of an artist at the 13th Tapestry Triennial went to Paweł Kiełpiński (Poland) for his untitled piece.
“And afterall, Blue” by Ewa Żychska Latkowska (Poland) ***Professor of the Papermaking Studio at my school!!***
There will definitely be follow-up posts about the triennial. This is just an intro. The opening was so chaotic and packed full of people– it was hard to give each piece the attention it deserved. Plus, there were 130 of them.
Here’s a selection of pictures from the 3rd (top) floor of the exhibition… more to follow.
This piece was absolutely incredible– embroidered car doors by Severija Inčirauskaitė – Kriaunevičienė of Lithuania. She punched holes in old car doors and cross-stitched into them.
The next piece is by Chika Ohgi of Japan. It’s entitled “Vague Sense of Distance.” Really cool and so powerful.
The museum also organized the 11th edition of the Polish National Exhibition of Tapestry. Two assistants from my school (the Academy of Fine Arts, here in Łódź) took part in it!! Dominika Krogulska-Czekalska (assistant to Prof. dr hab. Lidia Choczaj in the Experimental Textiles Studio) had her piece, “Creative Disintegration of Structure-Garland DNA” displayed.
I will be posting more pictures from this exhibit soon!
The museum also organized the 9th edition of the Polish National Exhibition of Textile Miniatures. Iza Walczak, assistant to Professor Jolanta Rudzka Habisiak of the Carpet and Gobelin Studio, had one of her miniatures on display!
Look out for future posts about the accompanying exhibitions to the Tapestry Triennial!!!