(English subtitles available)
“I am Maximilien Durand and I am director of the Museum of Textiles and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Lyon. These institutions celebrated their 150th anniversary last year. They were founded after the first World’s Fair with the objective of amassing the most significant textile collection in the world.
I believe that this goal was accomplished, as today we have around 2.5 million works spanning 4500 years of history, from pharaonic Egypt to today and including all continents and techniques. The idea of the collection was to renew contemporary design. We are very attentive to new work at the Museum of Textiles.
We present a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits. The latter are a chance for an historical snapshot from the general world of textile design. Last year for example we organized a big exhibit of Byzantine textiles that included items from Egyptian necropolises and showcased the refinement of people between the 4th and 7th centuries.
Another time, we invited contemporary artist Ruth Gurvich to create a textile with Lyonnais producers. We also opened the question of innovation in weaving in the 19th century and explored how these techniques can allow us to imitate nearly anything that we’d like: engraving, painting, even realizing portraits in fabric.”