Conventions where we meet in person to discuss research and objects and also visit textile collections together have always been part of the CIETA’s activities. Every other year, the CIETA invites its members to an international congress defined by a general theme. The congresses are held in different cities, usually in the end of September or the beginning of October. Over three days, papers introduce the participants to ongoing projects, the results of cutting edge research, important collections and individual textile objects. Visits and gallery talks complement the programme, and on an additional excursion day the participants are invited to museums and treasuries in the area.
Recent congresses have been held in:
The 30th CIETA congress will be hosted from 2 to 5 October 2023 by Wawel Royal Castle, Kraków (Poland).
We will be pleased to welcome the CIETA members in Kraków.
If Renaissance describes the artistic exploration and adaptation of an idealized antiquity, art history has identified numerous renaissances (including similar movements in other than the Western tradition) in which expressions of a much-admired past have been studied and eventually adapted to new formal and technical solutions. Revivals are a recurring phenomenon in most cultures around the world, in which motifs, forms, and stylistic elements first developed in previous periods are taken up in new contexts. Artists and artisans have drawn inspiration from the past without resorting to a mere copying or imitating of their sources.
The history of textile arts is rich in examples of patterns, styles, and techniques transferred and varied in later periods, sometimes repeatedly, imbuing them with new meaning in the process. Artistic interest in historic solutions and appreciation of the cultural heritage have inspired the choice of specific techniques, the design of individual textile objects, but also the development of collections, the creation of interiors and the styling of contemporary fashions. Analyses of the relations here involved and comparisons between first inventions and later adaptations or variations can open up new fields of research and also further our understanding of creative processes.
Kraków, famous centre of the “Renaissance of the North” will be the perfect place to explore strategies and techniques of engaging with previous periods and translating their achievements into new artistic languages.
We cordially invite the CIETA members to join us in Kraków and enjoy a rich programme of papers, meetings and excursions. This year, we have introduced some new elements, including a platform for the presentation of new projects, a round-table discussion of museum matters and a meeting space for the young and early career CIETA members. As always, we will be grateful for your comments and suggestions concerning our programme and activities.
We thank all those who sent in proposals and the members of the Vetting Committee for their commitment to CIETA activities and to our congress in particular.