Sommer Symposium 2019 > Exhibitions

During the summer symposium  TEXTILE KULTUR HASLACH and the ETN conference several textile exhibitions took place in Haslach and its surrounding area:

Picture Gallery exhibitions 2019 >

GARDEN OF EDEN – Group Exhibition at Neuhaus Castle

A Garden of Eden is a place of longing - a place where people live in harmony with nature, cautiously using existing resources and living peacefully. It is a utopia, a garden full of lush plants, sweet fruits and exotic animals that provide food in abundance. Such a paradise nourishes our elemental desire for harmonious coexistence in the community while at the same time embodying the principle of exclusion. The notion contains a longing for something that is ever valid as well as the experience of transience and fragility of life.

The idea of the garden in Eden is thousands of years old and finds expression in various forms of human culture in ever new variants. Even textiles were and are still important carriers of this complex topic. As an inspiration, the motto of the Garden of Eden offers material for an exhibition of a special kind:

In the course of the summer symposium TEXTILE KULTUR HASLACH and the concurrent ETN (European Textile Network) Conference, tenders for an international group exhibition on this topic were invited, which will show the works of contemporary textile artists. A total of 452 submissions were received, from which a panel of experts selected the best works.

A visit to the exhibition was alos worthwhile because of its special location: Neuhaus castle is an impressive building high above the Danube. The narrow, four-storey section of the building from the Gothic period, fascinates with its atmospheric rooms, and not least because of its unique location overlooking the meandering Danube and the foothills of the Mühlviertel, a place that enchants and lets time stand still.

Venue: Castle Neuhaus, St. Martin im Mühlkreis

Opening: Wednesday, July 17, 20:00
We organize a shuttle bus to the Opening in Neufelden and Neuhaus, leaving in Haslach at 18:00! Price: 16 €. Registration is requested:

Duration of the Exhibition: 17th July – 4th August, 2019
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10:30 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 19:00
Not accessible for wheel chairs.

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WHERE FLOWERS BLOOM – solo exhibition of Tanja Boukal at Gallery „Heimart“ in Neufelden

The dignity of man is the topic of Austrian artist Tanja Boukal’s works. Socially relevant and politically explosive issues, which revolve around exclusion, flight and violence, are expressed in various textile techniques, and direct the attention to a special aspect of the "Garden of Eden" theme.

Tanja Boukal travels to the trouble spots of this world. She often stays in refugee camps or war zones, and spends time with people in extreme situations. The impressions and photos from these experiences find expression in her works in manifold ways. She has a vast repertoire of craft skills, and uses traditional, often extremely time-consuming textile techniques such as embroidery or knitting as well as new technologies, which she playfully employs.

Venue: Heim-Art Gallery, Neufelden im Mühlkreis
Duration of the exhibition: July 18 - August 4, 2019
Opening: Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 18:30
Opening hours: Thu - Fri: 13:30 - 15:00
                            Sat - Sun: 13:30 - 15:00 and 16:30 - 19:00

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BEFORE COTTON - Japanese textiles at the old Church Tower in Haslach

Often we assumed that ordinary people wore cotton clothes a long time ago, but in fact this material did not become available to a broader segment of the population until the mid-eighteenth century. Although cottonseeds are said to have been imported from India to Japan for the first time in the eighth century, in the 13th and 14th centuries smaller quantities of cotton were imported from China to the island, but these rarities were very expensive and accessible only to courtly classes. It was only through the opening of Japan in the Edo period that the common population could cultivate and process cotton in a larger style from the middle of the 18th century.

So from which fibers did people produce their clothes and textiles for everyday use before importing cotton? The answer lies in the wild trees and plants that grow in the Japanese mountains and fields: paper mulberry, linden, elm, wisteria, banana bushes, hemp, ramie and nettle. These archaic fibers were demonstrably collected in Japan over 5,000 years ago and woven into fabrics. Their preparation took a lot of time, patience and dedication.

The textiles in the exhibition document how humans have been drawing from the abundance of nature for millennia in order to achieve their own lives, and with what respect they turned the plants into textiles. Each material has its own character and speaks its own language. Some of them are now completely gone from Japanese everyday life, others are still being processed in small quantities, in part by artisans who are state-funded as "Living National Treasure".

The exhibition in Haslach showed the diversity of this Japanese "Garden of Eden" with impressive examples of the gallery Kei in Kyoto, which is headed by Ms. Kei Kawasaki. It was presented in a special place, which fits the archaic, almost meditative pieces - in the church tower of Haslach perfectly. This impressive 14th-century building, formerly a fortified tower, has 8-level small spaces, each dedicated to a material that invites exploration.

Venue: Church Tower Haslach, Kirchenplatz 1, A-4170 Haslach
Duration of the exhibition: July 18 - August 11, 2019
Opening: Thursday, July 18, 19:30
Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 9:00 - 11:00 and 16:00 - 17:30
Not accessible for wheel chairs.

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7th EUROPEAN QUILT TRIENNAL at the Textile Centre Haslach

The European Quilt Triennial is an international travelling exhibition presenting high-quality textile art from several countries. It will be organized for the seventh time in 2019/20, and will come to Austria for the first time, where it will be on display from May 11 to October 30, 2019 in the Special Exhibition Room of the Textile Center Haslach.

41 works documenting a wide range of techniques and forms of expression, and providing a comprehensive insight into the contemporary quilt scene were selected by a jury from 161 submissions. The jurors Elisabeth Brenner-Remberg from Sweden, Gabi Mett from Germany, Leslie Morgan from England, Cosabeth Parriaud from France and Dr. med. Kristine Scherer from Germany not only used photographs and descriptions for the selection, but for the first time work samples could be submitted, which significantly influenced the decision-making process.

In September 2018 the travelling exhibition started in Heidelberg at the Kurpfälzisches Museum, at the Textile Collection Max Berk, which has organized the Quilt Triennial under the direction of Dr. Scherer, and then went on to the Kreismuseum Zons in Germany. After its presentation at Haslach, it will be shown at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, and at the Textile Museum St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Venue: Special Exhibition Room at the Textile Center Haslach, Stahlmühle 4, A-4170 Haslach, Tel: 0043 7289 72300,
Opening: Fri, May 10, 2019, 18:00
Duration of the exhibition: May 11 - October 30, 2019
Opening hours: Tue - Sun, 10:00 – 16:00
Weavers´ Market: 27./28. July: 10:00 – 19:00

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MARGA PERSSON ,FROM PARADIS´ WOVEN AND DROWN  - solo exhibition at Galerie Gwölb, Haslach

This exhibition gave an insight into Marga Persson’s textile and graphic work. The tapestry artist, born in Sweden and for a long time living in Austria, has been the head of textile studies at the Art University Linz for many years.

Venue: Galerie Gwölb, Marktplatz 15, 4170 Haslach
Friday, July 12, 2019, 19:00
of the exhibtion: July 13 - August 11, 2019
Opening hours: Fri 16:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 12:00
Weavers´ Market: 27./28. July: 10:00 – 19:00

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GINA BALLINGER ,ART OF THE STITCH - solo exhibition at Galerie Hain, Haslach

The Californian artist lives in Austria since 1970. Gina tells her stories in the form of small-scale embroidery. Her work is inspired by the writings and scores of the artist Carmen Ramirez, as well as the unique illustrations of her late husband Erich Ballinger.

Venue: Galerie Hain, Sternwaldstraße 10, 4170 Haslach
Monday, July 15, 2019, 19:30
of the exhibition:July 16 - 29, 2019
Opening hours: Fri 16:00 - 19:00 and by arrangement: Tel
Weavers´ Market: 27./28. July: 12:00 – 19:00

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