INTERWINGLED – The Role of the Rug in Arts, Crafts and Design

Italiano (Italian)

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Viale delle Belle Arti 131 – 00197 Roma
Until 4 September 2022

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INTERTWINGLED – The Role of the Rug in Arts, Crafts and Design is on view at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome until 4 September.

INTERWINGLED – The word was coined in 1960 by the American sociologist and philosopher Ted Nelson “to define the complexity of the interconnections in the field of knowledge, where there are no isolated subjects. Still, there is knowledge as a whole, made up of myriad connections and cross-relationships, which cannot be disentangled and neatly divided into a hierarchical order but must be explored in many dimensions. Only in this way can the connections and transformations of our world be made visible.”

Thus, reads the introduction to the exhibition curated by Martí Guixé and Inga Knölke and set up from the Salone Centrale to the Sala delle Colonne with references to the permanent works.


The exhibition explores rugs and tapestries in different fields – art, craft, design – establishing new relationships with ideas such as nomadismreal estatevisible and invisible networkshypertextdecentralized powernon-linear narratives, and the inherent power in the concept of unity

Carpets and tapestries are physically composed of a multitude of threads and knots that intertwine to create patterns and surfaces. Therefore, they are both metaphors and interfaces of a device that shows and hides the weft and warp from which they originated.

The network – seen as a framework, a palimpsest, a proto-configuration of a carpet or tapestry – is also the proto-configuration of our society and culture. Only by adopting this systemic thought, fueled by connections, can we understand our cultural and material ecosystem, from small habits to large-scale decisions. 


«INTERTWINGLED – in the words of the Director of the Galleria Nazionale, Cristiana Collu – is not only a dense and layered ethnography of design, it is a journey through many dimensions, weaving our experience with what we know and what we have yet to discover, along with what we don’t see but should be able to imagine. Visiting the exhibition will be like taking a step into simultaneity: discarding the obvious and discovering wonder; speeding up, slowing down, shifting pace; redesigning and recreating our experience».

More than 80 works comprise this project conceived as a single installation, presenting a broad excursus from the textile experiments of established artists to tapestries, carpets and war handkerchiefs made by Afghan women.


The works on display are by: Carla Accardi, Saâdane Afif, Maryam Akhondzada, Roberto Aloi, Giacomo Balla, Marion Baruch, Gastone Biggi, Alighiero Boetti, Shannon Bool, Dirk Braeckman, Max Bucaille, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Giorgio Ceretti, Eduardo Chillida, Enrico Ciuti, Cristophe Cuzin, Giorgio de Chirico, Michele De Lucchi, Mario De Luigi, Fortunato Depero, Pietro Derossi, Lia Drei, Isabella Ducrot, Alice Eberever, Fabrizio Felici, Lucio Fontana, Silvia Giambrone, Martí Guixé, Klaus Haapaniemi, Kimsooja, Inga Knölke, Jirì Kolar, Maria Lai, Bice Lazzari, Anna Maria Maiolino, Malika, Javier Mariscal, Nani Marquina, Giuseppe Micali, Ariadna Miquel, Gastone Novelli, Alberto Olmo, Achille Pace, Claudio Parmiggiani, Alessandro Pedretti, Jackson Pollock, Aldo Rossi, Riccardo Rosso, Italo Rota, Joaquim Ruiz Millet, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Antonio Sanfilippo, Corrado Sassi, Daniel Schwartz, Ettore Sottsass, Jana Sterback, Massimo Uberti, Patricia Urquiola, Stefano Ussi, Emilio Vedova.

This exhibition offers the opportunity to visit the GNAM premises in the synchronic setting of TIME IS OUT OF JOINT to discover, among others, the works of Daniela De Lorenzo, El Anatsui, and Robert Morris.

Barbara Pavan

English version Sono nata a Monza nel 1969 ma cresciuta in provincia di Biella, terra di filati e tessuti. Mi sono occupata lungamente di arte contemporanea, dopo aver trasformato una passione in una professione. Ho curato mostre, progetti espositivi, manifestazioni culturali, cataloghi e blog tematici, collaborando con associazioni, gallerie, istituzioni pubbliche e private. Da qualche anno la mia attenzione è rivolta prevalentemente verso l’arte tessile e la fiber art, linguaggi contemporanei che assecondano un antico e mai sopito interesse per i tappeti ed i tessuti antichi. Su ARTEMORBIDA voglio raccontare la fiber art italiana, con interviste alle artiste ed agli artisti e recensioni degli eventi e delle mostre legate all’arte tessile sul territorio nazionale.