Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

Tracing the history of 20th-century art in textiles with rare examples from leading art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism and Pop Art.

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This exhibition traces the history of 20th-century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.

The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before.

On tour

This exhibition is currently on tour at Fundación Barrié, A Coruña, Spain from 12 March - 19 June 2022 and will be available for hire from July 2022.

You can learn more about the museum’s touring exhibitions programme and contact us for further information.

Previous venues

Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China
October 2019

Modern Art Museum, Shanghai, China
May – September 2019

New Lanark, World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire, UK
26 January – 29 April 2018

Textilmuseet, Borås, Sweden
16 April – 25 September 2016

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Canada
2 May – 4 October 2015

American Textile History Museum, Lowell, USA
21 November 2014 – 29 March 2015

TextielMuseum, Tilburg, The Netherlands
14 June – 14 September 2014


The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, please do not visit.

In place of a permanent display, the Fashion and Textile Museum hosts a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

On arrival: Please ensure you arrive within 20 minutes of your chosen entry time. Upon entry, please present your ticket(s) on your device or a note of your booking reference number.

Eating and drinking: No food or drink is permitted in the Museum, other than bottled water. The Fashion and Textile Museum is located in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Street, surrounded by award-winning restaurants, cafes and pubs. So if you would like to enjoy a meal or a drink before or after your session, check out what’s on offer.

For more information, check out our plan your visit page or our FAQs.

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