Embroidered Treasures: Textiles from Central Asia
WHEN: November 13, 2011- May 13, 2012
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
Approximately 14 bold, colorful embroidered textiles from Central Asia are being presented for the first time at the BMA. These stunning late 19th- to early 20th-century textiles include wall hangings, covers, a wedding canopy, and saddle cover made in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. They represent both city cultures and those of formerly nomadic peoples such as the Lakai. Primarily made of cotton with multicolored silk thread embroidery by young women and their female relatives, many of these textiles were used as part of their dowries and family treasures that were reluctantly parted with during periods of political and economic hardship.
(Above: Detail, Borpush or Nimsuzani. Uzbekistan. Early 20th century. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Jerry Maizlish, Sparks, Maryland, BMA 1991.446)
This exhibition is supported by the BMA’s Jean and Allan Berman Textile Endowment Fund.
Thirteen works by the internationally acclaimed contemporary German photographer Candida Höfer are presented in this intimate exhibition. Known for her large-scale, intensely detailed images of grand architectural spaces such as the Louvre and Paris Opera, Höfer spent several days in Baltimore in 2010 creating spectacular photographs of the George Peabody Library and The Walters Art Museum. These works, as well as others loaned from private collectors and from the artist, are installed in two neoclassical galleries adjacent to the BMA’s collection of 16th- and 17th-century European paintings.
(Above: Candida Höfer. George Peabody Library Baltimore. 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Sonnabend Gallery, New York. © Candida Höfer/VG-Bild/Kunst, Bonn 2010)