PRESS CONFERENCE: Colour of Gobelins. Contemporary Gobelins from the "Mobilier national" collection in France
05.06.2018 12:00
On Tuesday, 5 June 2018, at 12.00 am the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design invites media representatives to a press conference about the upcoming exhibition "Colour of Gobelins. Contemporary Gobelins from the "Mobilier national" collection in France". The exposition complements the programme of the 6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial "Tradition and Innovation". Participant registration: 11.30–12.00.

The exhibition Colour of Gobelins offers a look into the textile collection of Mobilier National (National Furniture Foundation) in France, where the Gobelins Manufactory, since its founding in the 17th century, continues to cultivate outstanding traditions of craftsmanship and maintains a constant link to modern art, reflecting every period's originality of aesthetic values and its special role on the stage of art. Along with works made from sketches of many famous artists, the exhibition will also include two recent large-format Gobelins made at Mobilier National manufactories in Paris and Beauvais by Latvian textile artist Egils Rozenbergs, Reflections – Contemplation 1948.13 and Reflections – Contemplation 1948.20.


 “The choice of 15 tapestries was based on colour and its essential role in the art of weaving. The exhibition's scenography is conceived as a dialogue of colours performed by outstanding masters from Henri Matisse to ORLAN, and also including Jean Lurçat, Joan Miró, Le Corbusier, Raymond Hains, Patrick Tosani, Philippe Favier, Erró, François Boisrond, Gérard Schlosser, Vincent Bioulès, Jacques Monory, Christophe Cuzin or Éric Sandillon. Like movable walls the tapestries shape the exhibition's architecture without closing the space completely and inviting the visitors to see the works from both sides,” says curator Marie-Hélène Massé-Bersani.


The exhibition The Colour of the Gobelins will delight everyone, not only because of the beauty of the selected exhibits, the creation of which has involved the experience nourished for generations and the work of many minds and hands. It is an inspiring story of the power of traditions which are still able to re-create the world and time in which we live.




Latvian National Museum of Art / Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

Mobilier National (National Furniture Foundation), France

French Institute in Latvia



Marie-Hélène Massé-Bersani, Director of the Gobelins, Beauvais and La Savonnerie textile creations production department Mobilier National (National Furniture Fund), France


Inese Baranovska, LNMA / Head of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

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