|ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / exhibitions|
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Mo - Sa: 10-12, 14-17
first Wed. every month: 10-17
Wir bitten zu Tisch
24 October to 3 March 2002
|The exhibition displays
select objects from the Museum's large collections dating
from the time of the Renaissance to the early 20th
century. The diversity of textile techniques and
materials used is impressive: table linen made of linen
itself, of cotton, silk and mixed fabrics is lovingly
embroidered, elaborately woven, and adorned with a wealth
of open-work lace techniques. The wide variety of
ornaments includes vegtable, geometrical and figurative
Select dinner services and cutlery, etc. (loans from the Swiss National Museum and the Johann Jacobs Museum, both in Zurich, and from St.Gallen's Historical Museum) point to the historical cultural context of textile table culture: they show how closely table linen used to be linked to the table manners prevalent at any given time, to the owners' social status, and to their representational requirements.
Table linen enabled its owners to demonstrate luxury and affluence; it was an expression of good taste and of a cultivated household, in the period from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, it was an important symbolic part of the "trousseau", and the emboidering of monograms was regarded as an educationally valuable activity.
|A sumptuously laid table
from the time of the "belle époque"
constitutes the centrepiece ot the exhibition and serves
to illustrate and bring the theme to life.
The inauguration of the exhibition will coincide with the publication of "Der gedeckte Tisch, zur Geschichte der Tafelkultur", by Andreas Morel and other qualified experts, which is rich in colour illustrations.
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