Out of materials that have served their purpose they create a new kind of applied art: in the Moroccan Sahara the women of a Berber tribe use wool from old pullovers to weave carpets, blankets and cushions of high design quality. Since the 1980s these talented weavers have opened up a unique world of forms and colours by creatively examining traditional handcraft and employing a highly individual style. The exhibition shows the creations of the women from the Aït Khebbach tribe for the first time outside the Moroccan desert. It is not only the aesthetics and colours of the pieces presented that are amazing, but also their contemporary quality. In addition, a Berber tent, the weaver’s stories, and photo portraits of them offer insights into handcraft and this traditional way of life.
A cooperation with the Musée Bargoin, France
This spectacular variety of shapes and colors will be a sendoff for the villa on Lake Zurich: Couleurs désert is the final exhibition at the Museum Bellerive as part of the Museum für Gestaltung. Beginning in May 2017, exhibition themes previously presented at the Museum Bellerive with a focus on the applied arts between the poles of art and design will be featured at the Museum für Gestaltung. From February 2017 the City of Zurich will be responsible for the use of the Bellerive property.