Organiser: Łódź Design Festival
Co-organiser: Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź
Partner: Agnella
Place: Piotrkowska 282, Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź
Exhibition time: 18/05/2019, opening at 5:00 pm, until 18/05/2019

Jaime Hayon comes back to Łódź after his first visit during Łódź Design Festival 2018, when, dazzled by the newly discovered city, he decided to explore its textile traditions. Inspired by Łódź and captivated by the atmosphere of the festival, this one of the most renowned modern designers proposed preparing his new installation right here. During the 13th edition of Łódź Design Festival, the designer, whose works are exhibited in, among others, Groninger Museum, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Milwaukee Art Museum or Design Museum in London, is going to present for the first time “MASQUEMASK INSTALLATION”.

“The concept of the installation lies in creating a range of masks, faces, inspired by graphics and very personal, tridimensional universe of colours, lines and motives. It is a journey on the surface, which has an effect on the form.”
Jaime Hayon

The Spanish artists decided to put all the masks together, close to one another, in one room. This way, within the space of the exhibition, they can look at a visitor from all sides—each with a different, colourful expression: a vivid smile, multicoloured fear, puzzlement. Some people will find (and rightly so) the sources of inspiration from various cultures, and Mesopotamian, Mexican, Roman and Mediterranean influences. The traces of inspiration which make them unique.

“The masks have always represented a very direct connection with the culture, thus expressing the lives of whole civilisations. They were used both in the time of war and peace, daily and on special occasions. This is a very mysterious and fascinating topic”.

With his installation, Hayon wants to pay a special, based on his unique vision, tribute. The way the masks took their form is also very specific. Using the unique experience of the Agnella staff from Białystok, the partner of the exhibition, whose history of working with wool traces back to the mid-1970s, Hayon decided to use wool yarn to make his newest objects. The unusual shape of each mask required individual finishing, e.g. manual, very precise cutting. Moreover, the masks have been presented in a colour range unusual in terms of the everyday work of the company—that is why a part of the yarn has been specially coloured for the installation. The representatives of Agnella highlight that, apart from the fact they are a big manufacturer which handles mechanical weaving, the human factor was the most crucial one when creating “MASQUEMASK INSTALLATION”. The preparation of the project included no less than five company designers. As a result, after 80 hours of work, 50 hours of work of finishing room team, 130 km of wool yarn 14 unique and impressive masks were created.

The Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź is a co-organiser of the exhibition. When it comes to the presentation of the exhibition, this place has not been chosen at random. It amazed Jaime Hayon during his first visit at Łódź Design Festival in 2018. This was the time when he saw the second edition of the “Metamorphism” exhibition, which presented the works of Magdalena Abakanowicz, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The designer was sure this was the place to exhibit his newest works in the best way possible.

Łódź Design Festival is the oldest design festival in Poland, which has been organised since 2007. It focuses on industrial design, graphic design, architecture, craft, and creating services and interactions. The festival aspires to be the most opinion-forming design event in Central and Eastern Europe. Each year, it is a centre for presenting the most important trends and directions in global design, which is why such exhibitions as “MASQUEMASK INSTALLATION” fits into the festival agenda perfectly. Inviting stars of such a scale would have not been possible without the support of our long-term benefactors – Ceramika Paradyż and the City of Łódź Office.

We also invite you to the exhibition opening on 18/05/2019 at 5:00 pm.

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Jaime Hayon, photography: Cristina Vaquero