From the creation of the industrial Museum of drawings in 1857 by
the by all the drawings workshops of Mulhouse city, we combine the
creation of the past to use them as a source of inspiration. Heir to
this collection, the Museum continues to enrich its collection which
is always open to designers, creators and international editors who
come to seek inspiration for contemporary production.
With more than 6 millions of motifs, the Museum is today the most
important center of textile images in the world. The exhibition
based on a selection of the most emblematic pieces of the
patrimonial heritage, invites you to a stroll…a stroll in the
textile creations. Through a confrontation of ancient and present
creations, from the appearance of the first indian chintz in the
West to the present, the whole history of printed motifs is told
From Exotic flowers of the
palempores, elegant palmettes of a cashmere, picturesque scenes of the Jouy
Canvas (Toiles de Jouy), the exuberance of the Second empire prints, the
decorative fantasies of Raoul Dufy, the simultaneous fabric of Sonia Delaunay to
the most contemporary creations, it is a stroll through the most emblematic
motifs of the textile creation over the centuries.
Breaking down the boundaries
between different artistic domains, to
show the textile heritage in a new light is the ambition formulated by the
exhition “Balade”. The Museum chose for this exhibition to evolve between
different heritage centers, the textile history and the rich funds for which it
is responsible, but also the musical and instrumental heritage, by weaving many
bridges between those two inheritances.
To do this, the Museum
has the honor to collaborate with one of the current and most
emblematic composers André Manoukian who contributes to the
exhibition signing a novel sound universe with the textile works
presented. It is therefore to a stroll in music in a textile and
exotic world to which the visitor is invited.
In October 2017, André Manoukian
and the Museum set the tone for a rich cultural season.
exhibition will be an opportunity for the museum to edit a scarf in silk called
“Coup de Cśur d’André Manoukian “, “the André Manoukian’s favorite”, (limited