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Artist: John ARMLEDER
“no name” in 1999
Collection: French National Funds
of Contemporary Art

Artist: Martine ABALLEA
“Neige végétable” in 2000
Collection: French National Funds
of Contemporary Art

Artist: Annette MESSAGER
Pénétration” in 1997
Collection: French National Funds
of Contemporary Art

Crowned cloth from Kruba Srivichai
in 1857
Collection of Sa Ban-nga Textile Museum

Private collection, Vancouver, Canada

Artist: Frédéric MOLENAC “Transformation Laos” in 2006
Collection: Private collection of Frédéric MOLENAC

Artist: Marie-Noëlle DECORET “Immanence” in 1999
Collection: French National Funds
of Contemporary Art

Artist: Fabrice HYBERT
“Point de Lune” in 1997
Collection: French National Funds
of Contemporary Art

Artist: David ZERAH “Bio” in 2000
Collection: French National Funds
of Contemporary Art

The Jim Thompson Art Center, Alliance Française Bangkok and the French Embassy, Thailand are pleased to present Métissages, a crossbreeding of contemporary art and textiles, from March 31 until June 17, 2007.

The exhibition consists of 60 textile creations sourced from the French National Fund for Contemporary Art and private collections of weaving, embroidery, lace-making and fabric printing, as well as work by such contemporary artists as Christian Lacroix, Annette Messager and Jean-Michel Othoniel among others.

Métissages was first curated in 1998 by Yves Sabourin of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. It has been seen in 17 locations worldwide.

Métissages presents works made as collaborations between various international contemporary artists and French craftsmen in the field of lace, tapestry and embroidery. These projects were initiated by Sabourin, who envisioned mutually inspiring encounters between practitioners of some of France’s most ancient, traditional crafts and artists working in various experimental modes. The union of their diverse artistic skills has given rise to extraordinary work, enriching the artists’ repertoire of techniques and, in some cases, leading to lasting technical innovations. The range of forms is extraordinary, including large- and small-scale tapestries, two- and three-dimensional lace and embroidery pieces, and installations. The collaborative teams combined acute attention to detail and superior technical skill with fresh artistic vision and, often, provocative contemporary ideas.

“Following the success of the Christian Lacroix Dialogues! exhibition in 2005, we are thrilled to be presenting Métissages for all those who are interested in contemporary art and fabrics,” says Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center. “We are proud to be hosting this internationally renowned exhibition, giving Thai audiences a rare opportunity to see cutting edge collaborations between contemporary artists and craft practitioners.”

For its Bangkok show, Métissages will also include a selection of Thai traditional textiles from the collections of the Sa Ban-Nga Textile Museum, The Ancient City, Kachama, and the Mae Fah Luang Foundation. These have been specially chosen by Yves Sabourin for their contemporary relevance.

Métissages brings together art and craftsmanship, tradition and modernity to show the dialogue between the artists and the textile craftsmen,” says Sabourin. “The aim is to study ancient techniques and combine them with modernity. Some of the artists’ preparatory sketches will be included in the exhibition to show the development of the creative process.”

Métissages opens on March 31 and will be showing until June 17, 2007 daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Jim Thompson Art Center, Soi Kasemsan 2, opposite the National Stadium (BTS National Stadium).

Participating artists included Martine Aballéa, John Armleder, Catie De Balmann, Valérie Belin, Renato Bezerra De Mello, Olga Boldyreff, Véronique Boudier, Anne-Lise Broyer et Nicolas Comment, Monika Brugger, Gaëlle Chotard, François-Xavier Courrèges, Johan Creten, Béatrice Dacher, Marie Noëlle Décoret, Christelle Familiari, Philippe Favier, Sylvie Fleury, Monique Frydman, Jill Gallieni, Jakob Gautel, Bernadette Genée, Yves Grenet, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Maria Hahnenkamp, Abdelhakim Henni, Fabrice Hyber, Isabelle Jousset, Christian Lacroix, Annette Messager, Françoise Micoud, Laurent Moriceau et Victor Ferez, Antoinette Ohanessian, Frédéric Ollereau, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Bruno Pelassy, Carmen Perrin, Frédérique Petit, Pascal Pinaud, Françoise Quardon, Jean-Jacques Rullier, Martine Schildge, Skall, Didier Trenet, Tatiana Trouvé, Jean-Luc Verna, David Zérah, collection of Sbun-Nga Textile Museum, Chiangmai, Kachama Gallery, Chiangmai, Mae Fa Luang Foundation, Chiang Rai and Ancient City, Samutprakarn.

Educational programs include: a curator’s talk on Tuesday, April 3 (at 2:00 pm); a talk by Khun Akradej Nakbanlang of Sbun-Nga Textile Museum, Chiang Mai, on May 19 (from 2:00 – 4:00 pm); and a talk by Khun Kachama K. Perez on June 7 (from 2:00 – 4:00 pm).

This exhibition was made possible by a collaboration of the Alliance Francaise, Bangkok, The French Embassy, Thailand, and the James H.W. Thompson Foundation in partnership with Culturesfrance, the National Fund of Contemporary Art, the National Center for Visual Arts, France and Jim Thompson, Thailand.

For further Information please contact
Khun Penwadee (exhibition), or Khun Somsuda (education program)
Tel: 66 (0) 2612 6741, (0) 2219 2911, during office hours (11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily).
E-mail : artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com
Web site: www.jimthompsonhouse.com

METISSAGES opening reception:

Date : April 30, 2007
Time : 6:30 pm onwards
Venue : Jim Thompson House

Educational programs:
  • Curator’s Talk by Yves Sabourin
    Date : April 3, 2007
    Time : 2:00 - 4:30 pm
    Venue : Ayara room, Jim Thompson House

  • Artist’s Talk by Akradej Nakbanlang
    Date : May 19, 2007
    Time : 2:00 - 4:30 pm

  • Artist’s Talk by Kachama K. Perez
    Date : June 7, 2007
    Time : 2:00 - 4:30 pm
For further Information on the education program, please contact Khun Somsuda.
Tel: 66 (0) 2612 6741, (0) 2219 2911
E-mail: artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com

Exhibition: “Métissages"
Dates: March 31 - June 17, 2007
Location: The Jim Thompson Art Center
  6 Soi Kasemsan 2 (BTS National Stadium)
Open: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm