Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila in partnership with the Embassy of France in the Philippines together with HS_Projects, Musée Bargoin and the City of Clermont-Ferrand opens the Renaissance exhibit at the Met’s Tall Galleries on July 8, 2015.

Organized in the framework of the Festival International des Textiles Extraordinaires or FITE, the traveling exhibition of Renaissance exemplifies a sense of worldliness and interconnectivity with distinct cultures and localities, like kindred spirits — communities of common folk relating to each other, through tangible and intangible semblances: textile and culture.

In the creation of textile, much has changed from its socio-historical milieu due to expansions with technique and versatility in the passages of time. With Renaissance, the show creates a dialogue between old textile collections with contemporary textile creations, as a tribute to the immeasurable capacity of human creativity and innovation. As Christine Athenor, Director of HS_Projets and the FITE, underlined, textile is deeply and particularly human, because of its medium common to all peoples of the world.

Embodying the spirit of Renaissance is the Philippines, selected as a venue to represent its festival and exhibition. Despite a scarce archival documentation, Philippine textile-work traces back to pre-colonial times and was influenced, redesigned, and reworked throughout encounters with its foreign colonizers. The country still remains unwavering in its textile tradition and artistry, showing a reflection of the people’s interaction with their natural surroundings and social circles.

Renaissance exhibit will be on view at the museum until September 12, 2015.

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila.

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