In ‘COLOUR & ABSTRACTION | Generations in Dialogue’, the TextielMuseum presents a broad spectrum of abstract textile works from the 1960s to the present. Spanning more than half a century, the works bring two generations of artists and designers into dialogue with each other. The exhibition features pieces by both the older generation, which explores colour and abstraction through the medium of textile, and the younger generation, which is interested in colour and abstraction as a subject. Films, sketches and samples illustrating the creative process are also included. On display for the first time are works by Rafaël Rozendaal and Formafantasma, which were commissioned by the TextielMuseum.
Generations in dialogue
The Dutch-Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal (*1980), who lives in New York, has made a name for himself as an internet artist specialising in colour and light. In ‘Abstract Browsing’ (2017), he transformed the web into a hallucinatory collage of squares and stripes in bright red, pink, light blue, turquoise and lemon yellow. To generate the vivid colours and dimensions he wanted, he worked with technicians in the TextielLab to produce a five-metre-wide woven tapestry. His approach makes him the natural heir to Peter Struycken (*1939), the Dutch master of colour experimentation.
Struycken’s fabrics exude dynamism and musicality. As early as 1969, he used the computer to generate his art. In the TextielLab, he was one of the first artists to explore systemically the colour possibilities of computer-aided weaving.