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Fondazione Giorgio Cini, within 54th Venice Biennale

Exhibition Detail
Penelope’s Labour — Weaving Words and Images. An exhibition of antique and contemporary tapestries and carpets

June 4th, 2011 - September 18th, 2011
June 4th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Other (outside areas listed)
Tapestry mixed-media, modern, traditional

04 June 2011 - 18 September 2011


Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images

An exhibition of antique and contemporary tapestries and carpets

Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

10.30 am – 6.30 pm, closed on Tuesdays
closed 9 - 23 August
Centro Espositivo “Le Sale del Convitto”, Giorgio Cini Foundation
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
Free admission

From 4 June to 18 September 2011 the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore Exhibition Centre will host Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images, an exhibition of antique and contemporary tapestries and carpets. Curated by Adam Lowe and Jerry Brotton, the exhibition has been promoted and organised by the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, and Factum Arte, Madrid. 
 The main idea of the exhibition is to highlight Vittorio Cini's great interest in the manual production of tapestry and at the same time explore developments in contemporary art and the renewed ability of artists to use the medium to tell very varied, compelling stories that address the warp and weft of our contemporary realities. Ranging from the late 15th-century tapestry depicting the siege of Jerusalem to Azra Aksamija's collective weaving on ethnic cleansing in Bosnia Herzegovina, Grayson Perry's vast allegory of contemporary life in the Walthamstow Tapestry and Mark Quinn's "flowers" of our manipulated natural world, this exhibition puts the woven image back at the heart of contemporary artistic practice.

In addition to some of the finest late 15th-century tapestries in the Giorgio Cini Foundation collections, the exhibition will also include contemporary tapestries and other fabrics by artists such as: Azra Aksamija, Lara Baladi, Alighiero Boetti, Manuel Franquelo, Carlos Garaicoa, Craigie Horsfield, Simon Peers & Nicholas Godley, Grayson Perry and Marc Quinn.

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