MOMUS / THESSALONIKI
Weavings anewA colourful thread unrolls at the premises of the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections, on account of the exhibition “Weavings anew”, that is taking place in Thessaloniki from November 19th, 2021, until March 27th, 2022.
It is a thread that connects the emblematic works of the Cottage Industry department, from its establishment in 1963 by the Royal Welfare under the direction of Ioannis Faitakis, the “father” of tapestry, with some of the wall textiles presented at Hilton in 1965 as part of the exhibition “‘Tapisseries’ based on designs by Greek painters”. It is a thread that continues with the weaving experimentations of Niki Kanagini and the selected carpets that were based on designs by important Greek artists and were manufactured in the 1970s by the Tapis company for the gallery “Nees Morphes”. It is a thread that takes us from the tapestries of Alex Mylona to the large-scale textiles of Michalis Katzourakis for the decoration of cruise ships. The yarn ends with a tribute to Joice and Sydney Loch, the couple from Australia that moved to Ouranoupoli, where they revived the art of rug weaving, creating jobs for Asia Minor refugees and playing a key role in the revival of the local economy.
The exhibition “Weavings anew” is a new approach to the 2019 exhibition “Weavings” at the Benaki Museum | Pireos 138, curated by Irini Orati and Constantinos Papachristou, which had affirmed the revival of research interest in Greek tapestry and its short, but rich history in recent years. Part of the exhibition will move to the Museum of the City of Volos in the spring of 2022.