From 9 October up to 31 March 2019, the halls of Como's Museo della Seta (Silk Museum), will be open to the public for the exhibition “Manlio Rho: il senso del colore. Tra tessile e arte” (Manlio Rho: A Sense of Colour. Between Textiles and Art), curated by Luigi Cavadini and Francina Chiara.
The exhibition aims at showcasing an almost unknown aspect of the Italian abstract artist: his relationship with colour and textile design.
The exhibition, in fact, explores the painter's procedures involving textiles, both as a designer and as a skilled knower of colours. All the materials on show date back to the 1930s and 1950s, thus retracing Rho's path and the influences occurring between different arts: the geometry and abstraction characterising his pictorial works may be better understood by comparing the construction practice of textile patterns and the composition of shapes and colours which is its essence.
About a hundred materials testify to the perfect interaction between textiles and colours, thus creating unprecedented, innovative solutions both in the art and the fashion worlds, like the fabrics created by Filande e Tessiture Costa, under Mario Rho's art direction, for great fashion designers such as Givenchy and Dior.