On the 13th of January 2016 at the Göceji Museum of Zalaegerszeg, 8th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial Exhibition were opened. Traditionally, Hungarian presentation of the exhibition is the last one in the whole series of events connected with the 8th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial.
The event was begun by Kájan Imre from the Göceji Museum of Zalaegerszeg, Ewa Mańkowska form Museum of Crafts in Krosno, and President of Zalaegerszeg. The 8th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial Exhibition Closing Day is an important and popular event, and because of that it gathered a large audience this year. Also, the relation from the closing day exhibition was broadcast by Hungarian national and local media. Kájan Imre in his speech reminded about rich weaving traditions of Krosno, originating in Middle Ages and continued until the end of 20th century by defunct already “Krosnolen” Linen Manufactures. He emphasised that Museum of Crafts in Krosno was the first institution which initiated continuation of those weaving traditions by organising in 2000 first Biennial. Kájan reminded that 15-year-old cooperation between Museum of Crafts and Göceji Museum begun during 1st International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial, organised within the scope of town twinning programme. As he noticed, friendship between Krosno and Zalaegerszeg has developed, somewhat naturally, thanks to Krosno’s weaving traditions and thanks to the International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial. Kájan added that cooperation of those two museums is a great example of town twinning, which should not only consist in administrative cooperation but mainly in relationships between people.
In turn, Ewa Mańkowska – director of the Museum of Crafts – expressed her gratitude for ability of organising International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial Exhibition Closing Day in Zalaegerszeg. She emphasised that through all those years many artists took part in the Biennial, not only from Poland, but also from many other countries, and that by their artworks they have shown us many important aspects of human’s life. Ewa also expressed her delight at the organising in Budapest, Hungary an exhibition of the artworks of famous Hungarian sculptor and ceramist János Németh, who comes from Zalaegerszeg. He became popular thanks to the Museum of Crafts in Krosno, where his artworks were exhibited for the first time in 2005.
Great atmosphere of the closing Day exhibition and hospitality of the hosts will be remembered for a long time. Hungarian audience was delighted with the exhibited artworks and easily interpreted them. The artwork of Barbara Nachajska-Brożek entitled “Majdan”, which has been awarded Grand Prix in the competition, met with great interest. Visitors enjoyed the beauty of linen textile and noticed diversity of artworks’ topics obtained by using different weaving techniques.
Clossing exhibition day: 13th January 2016
Exhibition open: 14th January – 21st February 2016
Localisation: Göceji Muzeum, Batthyány utca 2, 8900 - Zalaegerszeg, Hungary
The Museum of Crafts in Krosno
Photos from archives of Museum of Crafts and Göceji Museum