TEXTILE ART A VENEZIA is an international exhibition of contemporary art based on the use of textiles, yarns and fibres. Within such Fibre Art, materials lose their functional value and become part of a genuine creative act. Works of art in their own right, the end results are entirely contemporary in both design and structure.
One part of Fiber Art involves the creation of ‘minitextiles’, minature pieces measuring 20x20x20cm. Giovanna Bolognini, Marisa Bronzini, Vito Capone, Shihoko Fukumoto, Ursula Gerber-Senger, Lee Kyung Hee, Naomi Kobayashi, Marie-Rose Lortet, Valeria Scuteri, Naoko Serino, Barbara Shawcroft and Maria Luisa Sponga are just some of the artists who have worked in a genre which was initially launched by the Miniartextil Show in Como (first held in 1991 and now in its sixteenth year).
The Venice exhibition presents 54 minitextiles from the collection belonging to the creators of Miniartextil (Nazzarena Bortolaso and Mimmo Totano of ‘Arte&Arte’) and four large-scale installations by Attiliana Zanetti Argentieri, Teodolinda Caorlin, Johan Peter Hol and Mauro Molinari.
This extraordinary collection documents the development of textile art, which – in the words of Luciano Caramel – “has been transformed from a niche sector into an integral part of the contemporary arts”. In the works on show, fibres of all kinds are both protagonist and means of expression: from cotton to linen, silk to copper, wood to glass, gold to plastic, stone to paper, iron to light.
Curated by Luciano Caramel, the exhibition is planned and promoted by Arte&Arte in collaboration with Musei Civici Veneziani. It is under the patronage of Provincia di Venezia and Regione Veneto and made possible by support from Mantero Seta Spa. Technical collaboration: Coduri Dè Cartosio Como and Maurizio Camponovo.