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Moustache-Eagle, 2008 © Courtesy of the artist and Saatchi Gallery, London

11 avenue du Président Wilson
75016 Paris
October 11th, 2013 - February 9th, 2014
Opening: October 10th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

16th Arrondissement
+33 (0)1 53 67 40 00
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-6; Thu 10-10


The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is spotlighting the art of textile with the exhibition Decorum: over a hundred rugs and tapestries from modern artists (Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso) and the contemporary scene (Dewar & Gicquel, Vidya Gastaldon).

Decorum is a chance to discover often unknown ventures into weaving by major artists and such lesser known ones (as Guidette Carbonell). As a guide to influences and points of comparison, the exhibition also includes anonymous works from different periods and places.

The virtues of rugs and tapestries – they are visual and tactile, artistic and functional, and readily transportable: Le Corbusier called his tapestries 'Muralnomad' – mean they transcend the usual limitations of the decorative arts and interior design.

Until the late 19th century painters like Lotto, Holbein and Delacroix restricted themselves to drawing tapestry cartoons or including Oriental carpets in their pictures. In the course of the 20th century, however, the European avant-gardes revolutionized textile art and practice: artists began weaving their own rugs, drawing on works from earlier periods or ethnic and geometrical motifs.

Often bearing a political or feminist message since the 1960s, rugs and tapestries have enjoyed a marked rise in popularity since the turn of the new millennium. Young contemporary artists like Caroline Achaintre and Pae White are now producing original works that blend tradition, modernity and non-Western influences, as well as resorting to new techniques like digital weaving.

This is an exhibition that challenges the standard notions of tapestry as a minor or anachronistic art form. It also evokes a little-known aspect of the history of the MAM, which had its own Textile Art department in the 1980s.

As guest artistic director, London artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz has designed the exhibition in collaboration with Christine-Ilex Beinemeier. The environmental music (“furniture music”) serving as a backdrop is a playlist chosen by art historian Jean-Philippe Antoine.

The richly illustrated catalogue is co edited with Skira-Flammarion (graphic design by Huz&Bosshard).

Artists included in the exhibition (subject to confirmation):


Anni Albers
Francis Bacon
Giacomo Balla
Braquenié Brothers
Sonia Delaunay
Frederick Etchells (Omega Workshop)
Gustave Fayet
Le Corbusier
Fernand Léger
Märta Måås Fjetterström
Gustave Miklos
William Morris
Pablo Picasso
Otto Prutscher
Hannah Ryggen
Ivan da Silva Bruhns
Sophie Taeuber Arp
Evelyn Wyld


Lucien Coutaud
Marcel Gromaire
Maria Lai
Jean Lurçat
Mathieu Matégot
Barbro Nilsson
Jean Picart-Le Doux
Carol Rama
Dom Robert
Victor Vasarely


Magdalena Abakanowicz
Olga de Amaral
Atelier Wissa Wassef
Pierrette Bloch
Alighiero Boetti
Louise Bourgeois
Geta Brătescu
Jagoda Buic
Guidette Carbonell
Pierre Daquin
Noa Eshkol
Lissy Funk
Françoise Giannesini
Elsi Giauque
Piero Gilardi
Thomas Gleb
Daniel Graffin
Josep Grau-Garriga
Helen Frances Gregor
Sheila Hicks
Jules Leclercq
Aldo Mondino
Verner Panton
Mariette Rousseau-Vermette
Wojciech Sadley
Kay Sekimachi
Maryn Varbanov


John M Armleder
Pierre Buraglio
David Hammons
Mike Kelley
François-Xavier Lalanne
Bertrand Lavier
Albert Oehlen
Nathalie du Pasquier
Elizabeth Radcliffe
Gerwald Rockenschaub
Dieter Roth & Ingrid Wiener
Judith Scott
Rudolf Stingel
Rosemarie Trockel
Franz West

Since 2000

Caroline Achaintre
Leonor Antunes
Stefano Arienti
Atelier E.B.
Michel Aubry
Tauba Auerbach
Mark Barrow et Sarah Parke
Nina Beier
Michael Beutler
Anna Betbeze
Gillian Carnegie
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Claude Closky
Isabelle Cornaro
Alexandre da Cunha
Dewar & Gicquel
Latifa Echakhch
Marius Engh
Ryan Gander
Vidya Gastaldon
Yann Gerstberger
Jim Isermann
Sergej Jensen
Abdoulaye Konaté
Karin Mamma Andersson
Mai-Thu Perret
Présence Panchounette
Willem de Rooij
Shirana Shahbazi
Vincent Vulsma
Nadia Wallis

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