Event: Rijksmuseum Textile Symposium

Rijksmuseum Textile Symposium Oct 13

Event dates: 7 – 8 October 2013

For two days, Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October, nine curators from the fine and decorative arts and the history departments will be talking about the selection and historical background of tapestries, textiles, costumes, kimonos and accessories, as well as the interior textiles used in the reconstructed 19th century style room, textile upholstery and 20th century sculptural textiles.

Nine restorers from the Rijksmuseum and elsewhere will give lectures on the conservation, research, treatments and preparations that were needed for installation of the objects in the museum.

Co-operations with the University of Amsterdam, Programme Conservation and Restoration of Textiles and the research department of the RCE will be discussed. In addition, colleagues from our neighbours at the Stedelijk Museum will talk about their experiences with textiles in the galleries, and there is the opportunity to visit both museums. As a participant of the symposium, you will have the chance to get an insider’s view of the ‘Ateliergebouw’, where the conservation takes place.

From tapestries to interior wallpaper, knitted hats from Spitsbergen to a 19th century canopy hat, from Empire dresses to Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Mondrian dress’, dye analysis to glue tests… there is definitely something for everyone.

For more information, visit the website of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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