A momumental installation with knotting-, netting- and braiding techniques in cotton.

Lecture "Without chisel and or brush: from tapestry to fibre art"

Art historian dr. Elsje Janssen talks about how tapestry in Belgium evolved from textile art to "art with textiles and fibre". This lecture is in Dutch.

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About this lecture

This lecture relates to the exhibition "Soft? Tactile Dialogues" showing textile art from the MoMu collection.

From the 1960s and 1960s onwards, an interesting evolution takes place within the art of tapestry. Influenced by the Lausanne International Tapestry Biennial, artists start exploring "free weaving" and textile art.

Although artists still turn to weaving studios for the execution of their works, female artists increasingly start to manipulate the material themselves to create their art works.

The abundance of materials is a direct source of inspiration. Besides flat tapestries, artist start weaving textured fabrics and three-dimensional and spatial works. Texture and structure play a primordial role in these art works. Artists also start exploring other textile techniques.

However, it was difficult for these female artists to be acknowledged in a male-dominated art world, as textiles were still associated with home crafts and traditional craftmanship. While a number of female artists consciously chose a different medium, other considered working with textile to be a feminist manifesto.

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About the speaker

Elsje Janssen is an art historian. She completed a PhD on "Tapestry art in Belgium after 1945". She worked as a curator of Tapestries and Textiles in the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels and in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Since March 2014, Elsje Janssen is the Director of Collections at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.

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About this exhibition

"Soft? Tactile Dialogues" presents works from the MoMu collection by Belgian textile artists from the 1970s and 1980s in an inspiring dialogue with contemporary artists who freely express themselves through textiles.