ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   /  exhibitions

Permanent exhibition
of old textiles and works of art.
Temporary exhibition 2004

Address: Werner Abegg-Strasse 67
CH-3132 Riggisberg

regional transport from Berne or Thun to Toffen; postbus from Toffen to Abegg-Stiftung and back according to timetable.

tel: ++41 (0)31 808 12 01
fax: ++41 (0)31 808 12 00

daily slide show (20 minutes: 2.30 pm)

guided tours by prior arrangements
free for groups of 10 persons or more

opening hours:
daily 2 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

entrance fees:
sFr. 5.- adults
accompanied children free
wheelchair access

Princely Interiors

Furnishing Textiles of the 18th Century

24th April to 13th November 2005

  Press release
The focus of the new special exhibition at the Abegg Foundation is the luxurious textiles once used for decorating princely residences. The displays include outstanding examples of furnishing textiles, such as the splendid wall coverings used to decorate the apartments of Empress Joséphine of France and Catherine the Great of Russia.

Textiles played a central part in interior decoration during the eighteenth century. They were used for wall coverings, curtains, bed hangings, screens and for upholstering furniture, with the aim of creating harmonious interiors.

The exhibition reveals the great variety of materials, techniques and designs used in the textiles of this period. Embroideries, leather wall coverings and painted Chinese silks are on display, along with woven silks and woollen textiles. The highlights of the exhibition include richly patterned silks associated with Europe’s most powerful ruling houses.


  Guided tours at 3 pm, duration 1 hour:

Sunday, 24 April
Saturday, 28 May
Saturday, 18 June
Saturday, 20 August
Saturday, 17 September
Saturday, 22 October
Saturday, 12 November

A catalogue will accompany the exhibition:

Anna Jolly
Fürstliche Interieurs. Dekorationstextilien des 18. Jahrhunderts
(Riggisberger Berichte, vol. 12)

with an English translation of the introduction
41 catalogue numbers, c. 260 pages with 120 illustrations, ISBN 3-905014-28-9
CHF 85.-- + postage; CHF 50.-- at the exhibition


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