'by TextielMuseum presents Bye TextielMuseum'

14 December 2014 till 22 November 2015

On 14 December the TextielMuseum will open a new exhibition, by TextielMuseum presents Bye TextielMuseum. The TextielLab, the museum’s innovation centre, collaborated with renowned designers to develop a range of exclusive household textiles for the museum’s collection. Research from the existing collection served as a source of inspiration, ensuring that culture and craftsmanship are passed on to and further developed by future generations. The textiles will be added to the new label by TextielMuseum. 

Guest curated by Jules van den Langenberg, the exhibition will display the results of these collaborations in an exciting and engaging way. Underscoring the utilitarian nature of the striking napkins, tablecloths and tea towels, Langenberg will send a selection of items to six destinations, packed in a suitcase designed especially for this cultural journey by Studio Minale Maeda. Based on the idea of a travelling exhibition and the format of a Tupperware party, the products will be unpacked, displayed, touched and evaluated, allowing those present to experience the quality and beauty for themselves.

Young photographers will accompany the textiles and document their journey. Over the course of the exhibition, the products will return to their museum setting and the photographs of their trip will be added. The exhibition will showcase designs by Viktor&Rolf, Studio Job, Studio Bertjan Pot, Scholten & Baijings, Studio Makkink & Bey, Studio Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe, Wieki Somers, Kiki van Eijk, Raw Color, Formafantasma, Christien Meindertsma, Leendert Masselink, Mara Skujeniece, Pieke Bergmans, Studio Minale Maeda, Marc Mulders, Peter Struycken, Glithero, Ineke Hans and Kitty van der Mijll Dekker.

The exhibition signals a new step in the evolution of textile production and the craftsmanship for which Tilburg has long been famous. The TextielMuseum is a working museum, enhanced by a highly innovative TextielLab that makes a significant contribution to the expansion of the collection and the advancement of textile design. The TextielMuseum’s rich history and collection combined with the TextielLab’s expertise form a strong synergistic relationship that has resulted in a new label for household textiles: by TextielMuseum.

The label features a striking range of household textiles from top designers. The museum collection, encompassing more than a century of art and design heritage, is an important source of inspiration. In the TextielLab, modern techniques are used to translate the designer’s vision into beautiful, distinctive products. The label marks the TextielMuseum’s first step in cultural entrepreneurship and an ambition to bring top design with a story into kitchens and dining rooms. The proceeds from the label will be used to further improve the TextielMuseum’s educational and exhibition programme.

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