Au fil du siècle, 1918-2018, Masterpieces of tapestry 

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
The Hearth-Globe by
Werner Peiner

A piece of France’s history, made of art, craftsmanship and expertise, is preserved in Paris in a very special place.

I am referring to the Mobilier National where, for more than three centuries now, thousands of objects, items of furniture and textile products, that decorated the interiors of presidential residences and public buildings, have been conserved and restored.

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
Modern Art at Gobelin Gallery in Paris

Every time I come here I experience a deep sense of wellbeing and I have the impression of going back in time.

When the Mobilier National organizes an exhibition it does so

The exhibitions organized by the Mobilier National are organized with painstaking care, and each item to be displayed in the Galérie des Gobelins is carefully selected.

Last year I visited a marvellous exhibition, “Sièges en Société, du Roi-Soleil à Marianne” where the scenography was provided by Jacques Garcia.

Surely you will have seen some posts on my Instagram page, and if you have not, then now is the time. More than three hundred artefacts were on display here, including marvellous four-poster beds, armchairs, and gilded wooden sofas, all from the stock of the Mobilier National.

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
Big Artists in Paris
Pablo Picasso

A few days ago we visited the exhibition “Au fil du siècle, 1918-2018, Chefs-d’œuvre de la tapisserie” (Masterpieces of tapestry – 1918-2018).

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
The Optical Art by Victor Vasarely

The items are displayed along a thematic path in chronological order which gives the visitor a clear perception of the profound political, artistic and sociological upheavals of the last century. In the first section the masterpieces of the Gobelins, Beauvais, Savonnerie and Aubusson are on display.

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
Henri Matisse
Modern Art at Gobelin Gallery in Paris

Then when you climb the monumental staircase the atmosphere changes entirely: the soft lights and dark blue walls highlight the masterpieces of Pablo Picasso who, upon request by the patron Marie Cuttoli, created a work that was then produced by Manufacture Aubusson.

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
The Wonderful Steps of Gobelin Gallery

You can also admire: Fernand Léger with a textile work that reproduces the decoration created in 1923 for a ballet at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees, a wall textile by Le Corbusier and Pierre Baudouin, the coloured concentric circles in contrast with black by Sonia Delaunay.

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
Rythmes & Couleurs 1898 by Sonia Delaunay

There are also works by Matisse, François Morellet, Hans Hartung, and Zao Wou-Ki, whose works are on display at an exhibition dedicated to him at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
Le Corbusier
Modern Artist
in Paris

My favorite piece is a carpet by Nicolas Schoffer, which closes the exhibition, created in 1972 by Jean Coural, director of Mobilier National at the time.

Masterpieces of Tapestry in Paris
Murlux by
Nicolas Schoffer
Modern Artist

I strongly recommend this exhibition which closes on November 4th

Au fil du siècle, 1918-2018
Masterpieces of Tapestry 
Mobilier National Galerie des Gobelins
– Paris –
from April 10th to  November 4th 2018