Thursday, May 31, 2012

Art exhibition opens in Fez - a feast of colour

A combined art exhibition featuring the paintings of New York artist Margaret Lanzetta and selected pieces from the embroidery collection of Michel Biehn opens on Friday June 1 at 6:30 pm at Galerie du Jardin des Biehn.

Artist Margaret Lanzetta with pieces from the new exhibition

Seven Types of Terrain is a dialogue between the 14 paintings and 6 textile pieces, where the colours and patterns in each complement and enhance one another.

"Textiles are often formed by repetition, creating patterns which are a physical mantra in the making," says Lanzetta. "Patterns migrate from one textile to another, which is similar with my work...Geometric and organic patterns become almost like a cultural language that travels."

Her largest piece, Dharma Index (red) is a screen print featuring sections of 25 mosque floor plans from the Islamic diaspora, ranging from China, India and Asia, to the United States and Europe. "The piece is about the universality of spirituality," explains Lanzetta. "It shows the pan-world view of Islam, with mosque plans dating from 600 AD to 2011." The palette, with reds and neon pinks, is Hindu, while the title is a reference to Sanskrit.

Born in the United States, Lanzetta received her MFA in Painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and has had two Fulbright Senior Research Fellowships, which took her to Germany, India, and Syria.
 Her sculptures and paintings are part of the permanent collections at prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the British Museum, and The New York Public Library.

Internationally renowned decorator and hotel owner, Michel Biehn, has acquired a remarkable collection of textiles over more than three decades. The pieces selected for Seven Types of Terrain include ones from Rabat, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Seven Types of Terrain runs from June 1 - 18. On Wednesday June 13 you can meet Margaret Lanzetta at the gallery and her talk about her work. It's on at Galerie du Jardin des Biehn, 13 Akbat Sbaa, Douh, 30110, Fes Medina. Free entry.


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