Bernat Klein: Design in Colour, National Museum of Scotland, 5 November 2022- 23 April 2023
A new exhibition exploring the life, career, and creative process of the Serbian-born textile designer, one of the 20th century’s leading Modernists. With a career spanning 60 years, Bernat Klein’s influence on fabric and design in unparalleled.
(Cover Image: Tulip petals rug, Bernat Klein Design Consultants Ltd for Tomkinsons, Kidderminster, wool jute and cotton, 1967 (K.2010.94.1246).)
Magdalene Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope, Tate Modern, 17 November 2022- 21 May
Magdalena Abakanowica Abakan Yellow 1970 National Museum (Poznań, Poland) c Marta Madgalena Abakanowicz-Kosmowska and Jan Kosmowski Foundation
This exhibition brings together Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz’s ‘Abakans’, organic sculptural works created from woven fibres. These Abakans are displayed in the 64-metre long gallery space of the Blavatnik Building, forming a forest-like installation experience that fuses the man-made and natural, the soft and hard, sculpture and fibre. A selection of early textile pieces and drawings are also on show.
Do Ho Suh, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 4 November 2022- 26 February 2023
South Korean artist Do Ho Such is known for his large-scale sculptural installations in a variety of media characterised by a meditation on home and architectural belonging. His intimate and evocative artworks, both large and small scale, can be walked through, within, and around, creating a multi-sensorial experience.
Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South, National Gallery of Art DC, 18 September 2022- 26 March 2023
Mary Lee Bendolph, Blocks and Strips, 2002, wool, cotton, corduroy, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Patrons’ Permanent Fund and Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation
This exhibition explores black various artists of the deep south, such as James Thomas, Lonnie Holley, Thornton Dial, and Mary Smith, and the innovative ways they used recycled or scavenged materials to create artworks. Particularly beautiful are the nine Gee’s Bend quilts, made by the women of Gee’s Bend Alamaba from well-worn clothing or leftover scraps of fabric.
Kimono, Musée Du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac, 22 November 2022- 28 May 2023
The kimono is one of the most culturally significant garments emblematic and characteristic of Japan’s identity in the global fashion world. This exhibition, designed by the V&A in London, spotlights the history of such an iconic garment across the centuries and continents.