We're delighted to present the exhibition Cabinet of Threads.
Yarning, weaving and the handling of textiles has gone down in cultural history as a task of high artistry through the story of Arachne. And this artistry has not lost any of its fascination up to the present times. Carpets and tapestries already offered sovereigns of the old days an ostensible possibility for portable coziness, but at the latest since the classical tapestries the painter triumphs over the craftsman - the carpet evolves into a painting. This long line of tradition has also been captured by the avant-gardists of the early 20th century - Fururism in Italy, Constructivism in Russia, a little later Bauhaus in Germany - they all constituted textile crafts an integral part of their comprehensive artistic life design.
Cabinet of Threads presents seven international artists who are dealing, each in one's own distinct way, with the topic of tapestry, fabric and thread. The individual approaches result in very heterogenous works - ranging from Andrea Bowers' politically charged "Defense of Necessity" to Jürgen Drescher's sandblasted aluminum castings and Anna Betbeze's large-format carpet paintings. The tapestries, weavings and sculptures move between pomp and moth damage, between painting, sculpture and the art of weaving. The craft of textile design experiences an artistic reevaluation through them. The artists clarify in their works what can be demanded from the material, how it can become a vehicle for political statements and to what extent it can undergo changes in looks as well as in content.