The fabrics produced by textile house Rubelli have all the drama, extravagance and historical reference that you would expect of a world-class Venetian company that has been in production for 155 years. Rubelli’s 2013 presents a selection new designs that reflect Italy’s rich textile history with fabrics like Tricorno, Grimani, Galerie des Glaces, Pavone and Marmor, which bring to mind Italian marbled papers, and Ducale, a figurative pattern that delightfully reproduces Venice’s Palazzo dei Dogi.
2013 is a busy year for Rubelli, who is involved in three different exhibitions currently on in Venice and Lyon.
The first show is the 55th Venice Art Biennale, where the Silk Map exhibition in the Venice Pavillion pays tribute to the art of weaving with work from six international artists partnered with three key Venetian firms, one of which is Rubelli. For this project Canadian- Lebanese New York-based artist Marya Kazoun has created a parallel world called Of Selves, Pixies and Goons with the help of Rubelli, who supplied fabric for the costumes of the performers who animate Kazoun’s installation.
Also working with Rubelli on the Venice Pavillion display is MariaLuisa Tadei, who has created two sumptuous jacquard woven fabrics, made by Rubelli – Foresta stellata and Spirito e Luce – which decorate the interior and exterior of her installation Castello del Sole. The Biennale runs until November 2013.
During June and July 2013 Rubelli is hosting the Acqua Alta project in the Palazzo Corner Spinell, where the Historic Rubelli Collection is housed. This exhibition was conceived from “the desire to celebrate the incomparable cultural and historical heritage of Venice”, which includes Murano glass-blowing, trade in spices and textile art. For this display Rubelli has produced the first Acqua Alta collection reflecting Venice and its history.
The last show with which Rubelli is involved is Italian brand Moroso‘s new exhibition ‘Lo Sguardo Laterale:Moroso, une recherche entre Arts décoratifs et Design’ at the Musée des Tissus et des Art Décoratifs de Lyon until 1 September 2013. Curated by Patrizia Moroso and Marco Viola, the exhibition features fabric made by Rubelli, a wonderful reproduction of a late 18th century pointed paper from the collections of the Lyonnaise museum (code MT 49489.6.6) and attributed to Philippe de Lasalle.