264 works of national and international contemporary art
The Cultural Foundation for Textile Art and the Savaria Museum-Szombathely Gallery will organize the eighth International Triennial of Textile Art between June 21 and August 28, 2024 at the Szombathely Gallery, featuring 264 works of contemporary Hungarian and international art over nearly 1,400 m2.
The tradition of the Textile Triennial is a valuable creation for the preservation of the cultural heritage of contemporary textile art, both nationally and internationally, where the crossover between the genres of industry and fine arts is realized and balanced. The prestigious textile art fair brings together a wide range of international and national disciplines and has been a Szombathely tradition for more than fifty years. At the last edition-in the summer of 2021-artists from 17 countries on three continents were represented, including 120 Hungarian exhibitors. The Textile Art Triennial is aimed at about 400 textile artists and fine professionals, as well as higher education students in the arts, for whom participation in the event is a prime opportunity to present themselves and their work.
According to the 2024 call for entries, the triennial was open to professional artists and artisans who were members of the National Association of Hungarian Artists (MAOE), the Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists (MKISZ), the Studio of the Young Artists’ Association (FISE), the Studio of the Young Artists’ Association (FKSE), and students from institutions of higher education. The call for entries was based on the theme referring to the properties of textiles and encouraged artists to express their ideas through the technique of textile processing and the expressive means of textile art.
The motto of the 7th Textile Triennial was FIREWORK | Needle-Cut-Weave, for which the works submitted could be no more than three years old. The exhibition will showcase the best of Hungarian and international textile and apparel design, presenting the latest works and trends in the categories of Mural and Space Textile, Textile Design, Miniature Textile, Flag and Ribbon genres. A book-catalogue of the exhibited works will be produced, which, with its detailed index and album of works, will serve as a research tool for art historians and theorists working in the field.
The current leadership of the Cultural Foundation for Textile Art took over the organization of the triennial in 2019. For many years, this task was performed by the organization’s former president, Katalin Sárváry, professor emeritus of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, who taught several generations of designers at MOME and its predecessor, the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts. On September 15, 2023, the Foundation launched an online platform for applications in Hungarian and English.
The transition to digital is a momentous event and a milestone in the organization of the triennials and in the life of the Foundation, as the value of the database is the source of knowledge of the Hungarian and international contemporary art community. As a result of nearly two years of preparation and planning, a sound infrastructural and legal background ensures modern conditions for the organization.
Work in Progress
For the 2024 call for entries, 505 artworks were submitted by 368 artists. The Triennial jury made its selection from November 25 to December 4, 2023. The jury consisted of members of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Foundation for Textile Art and Hungarian and international experts.
THE FIREWATER | Needle-Slit-Hatar, created by Attila Horányi PhD, director of the MOME Institute of Theory, attracted works from the broadest professional and artistic spectrum, ranging from traditional techniques to renewable and alternative materials, from the use of unique individual techniques to the expression of challenging artistic content.
The record number of works, thanks in part to digital entries, presented the jury with a difficult professional decision. The jury had to reject nearly half of the submitted works, as the Szombathely Gallery’s exhibition space of nearly 1,400 m2 allows for the display of about 300 works. This year, the number of large works submitted far exceeded that of previous triennials. The quality of the works presented and the grandiose efforts of the textile artists suggest that the profession and the art world have found their way back after the economic uncertainty following the pandemic and international crises.
Graphic designers are currently working on developing visual and identity elements in line with the Call 2024 theme. Graphic designers Laura Sásdi and Zsuffa Zsanna Lídia created the graphic background for the exhibition’s catalog and marketing presentation, while Laura Csocsán designed the Neureal font set used in the brand book. Thanks to the collaboration of the graphic designers employed, the brand identity and typography offer a number of innovations.
Nagano Goro Miniature Textile Prize / Goro Nagano Prize
The founder of the award is Japanese textile artist Goro Nagano, who has been active as a maker and researcher for forty years. He has developed a unique approach and perspective by combining art and research. The award encourages the younger generation of artists to explore the world of miniature textiles. From the works submitted in the Miniature Textiles category, the jury will select the most philosophically profound work, characterized by the harmony between the techniques used and the theme of the work, the historical context in which it is set, and the judicious choice of materials.
Csaba Polgár Prize
Since 1968, the Noémi Ferenczy Prize-winning textile artist of the same name has been an active participant in Hungarian textile renewal movements and major experimental textile art events both at home and abroad. Since 1970, for over 45 years, he has taught generations of young people the professional and artistic skills of pattern design. He has been the teacher of a significant number of textile artists living and working today. His personal creative activity is multifaceted: he has been an experimental artist pushing the boundaries of genres, working with textiles, spatial textiles, photography, graphic design, painting and installation. In all his creative activities, the “model” has played a prominent role. Zsuzsanna Polgárné Varga, widow of textile artist Csaba Polgár, founded the prize in memory of her husband. The prize is awarded to experimental works that reflect Csaba Polgár’s open and innovative spirit.
Anna Rose Award
In 1983, Swiss businessman Alwin Widmer established the Anna Rózsa Foundation to preserve the memory of textile artist Anna Rózsa, to honor her artistic legacy and to express his appreciation for her outstanding work in the field of handloom weaving over four decades. Every three years, the Foundation’s president, designer József Kovács, personally awards the prize.
Katalin F. Dózsa Prize
The Cultural Foundation for Textile Art initiated the creation of the prize in the Textile Design category in the fall of 2023 and will be awarded for the first time at the 8th Textile Art Triennial. The first prize was awarded by MOME, professor emeritus, educator and mentor to generations of designers. The award commemorates the work of the late Katalin F. Dózsa, art historian, museologist, textile and costume historian. Eszter Földi, PhD, associate professor at MOME, and Dr. Anna Judit Szathmáry, curator at the Kiscell Museum, as well as members of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Foundation for Textile Art, will participate in the selection of the artist to be awarded the prize.
Sustainability Award 2024
The award was established by the president of the Hungarian Textile Industry Association, Lívia Kokasné Dr. Palicska, to artistically convey the eco-conscious approach of the textile industry. The award-winning work is selected from works in any category that combine technological innovation for sustainability with artistic content. The Sustainability Award will be presented for the first time at the 7th Textile Art Triennial.
shoe designer, chairman of the board of directors
The selection jury of the 8th International Triennial of Textile Art.
Anna Cebula, art historian, director of the Szombathely Gallery, winner of the László Cs.Szabó Prize
Szilvia Szigeti textile artist winner of the Ferenczy Noémi Prize – founding member of Eventuell Gallery, curator of the Boundless Design exhibition
Ildikó Kele Hungarian Design Award winning textile artist, lecturer at MOME Institute of Design
Rita Mária Halasi curator, design expert, innovation manager
Dr. habil Lívia Pápai DLA textile artist, associate professor at the Faculty of Arts – Institute of Design and Multimedia Arts, University of Pécs
Katalin Fóris textile artist
Dr.Dóra Papp-Vid DLA costume designer, Deputy Director of the Institute of Science, University of Óbuda, Associate Professor
Orsolya Hideg costume designer, artist, art teacher
Małgorzata Wróblewska Markiewicz, curator of the Łódź Textile Collection, art historian
Japanese textile artist Goro Nagano
Barbara Pavan Italian art critic, curator of contemporary textile art, expert of ArteMorbida Textile Arts Magazine