The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray
Until August 23, 2020
How one visionary woman revived the art of tapestry weaving for the modern era.
About the Exhibition
In 1930s Paris, leading modern artists experimented with tapestry design, thanks to pioneering entrepreneur Marie Cuttoli (1879–1973). Cuttoli lived between Algeria and Paris and collected work by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Georges Braque. This exhibition traces her career, from her early work in fashion and interiors to her revival of the French tapestry industry. She commissioned the most celebrated artists of her time—Rouault, Léger, Picasso, Braque, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, and Miró, among others—to create designs for the historic tapestry workshops in Aubusson. By uniting these important paintings and drawings with the resulting tapestry, this exhibition shows their true purpose, revealing modernism’s profound dialogue with the decorative arts.
When a selection of these tapestries toured the US in the 1930s and ’40s, Cuttoli enjoyed the support of Dr. Albert Barnes, who was one of her most vocal advocates and patrons. Fittingly, the Barnes Foundation is the first major American institution to celebrate her visionary approach to art and business.
On view in the Roberts Gallery.
Collector and entrepreneur Marie Cuttoli.
Man Ray. Marie Cuttoli, c. 1938. © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris
Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray
Beautifully illustrated with rarely exhibited works by giants of European modernism, this catalogue traces Marie Cuttoli’s career, from her early work in fashion and interiors to her revival of the French tapestry industry. Edited by Cindy Kang, Associate Curator at the Barnes, Marie Cuttoli reveals the significant contributions of one visionary woman.
This exhibition is organized by the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, and curated by Cindy Kang, Associate Curator at the Barnes.
Generous support comes from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Aileen and Brian Roberts.
Critical support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer
John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Christine and Michael Angelakis, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Gloria and John Drosdick, Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Christine and George Henisee, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Victoria McNeil Le Vine, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, Kay and Michael Park, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous.
With additional funding from other individual donors.
The exhibition catalogue is made possible with generous support provided by the Lois and Julian Brodsky Publications Fund.
February 28 – May 10, 1 – 2pm
Learn more about Marie Cuttoli and her textile work with Picasso, Léger, and other great modern artists.
Le Corbusier. Marie Cuttoli, 1936. Oil on cardboard. Courtesy of Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris. © F.L.C. / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2020
March 6, 6 – 9pm
First Friday! Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Led by artistic director Jeri Lynne Johnson, Black Pearl champions cultural diversity in classical music.
March 18, 3 – 3:30pm
In Focus Gallery Talk: Man Ray’s Shadows
An in-depth look at how Man Ray’s innovative tapestry came to be.
May Ray. Enlargement of Tapestry Project (detail), c. 1938. Two-panel copy photograph of a rayograph. Kicken Berlin. © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2019
April 11, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Matthew Affron, curator of modern art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, explores textile design as an important but often-overlooked part of modernist practice.
April 22, 3 – 3:30 pm
Learn more about Cuttoli’s early work in fashion.
Tuesdays, February 4 – 25, 1 – 3pm
Art Deco Fashions of the 1920s
A look at how the work of influential couturiers like Madeleine Vionnet, who designed the most revolutionary garments of the period, and artists like Sonia Delaunay, blurred the traditional boundaries between commerce and fine art.
Trace the career of the pioneering entrepreneur, and explore the cultural and political events that influenced her work, including the rise of art deco, the French colonization of Algeria, and the upheavals of WWII. Taught by exhibition curator by Cindy Kang.
Joan Miró. Rhythmic Figures, or Woman and Birds (detail), 1934. Tapestry woven in Aubusson, France. © 2020 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris