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'Miniartextil' is an annual international exhibition of contemporary art showing the best in Textile Art, an art sector with a revolutionary approach to the textile heritage and its materials.

1991 in the building known as the Chiostrino di Santa Eufemia. It was the start of an annual event that has over the last twenty-two years obtained international recognition and become a firm favourite with the city of Como itself.
The initial concept was that of Nazzarena Bortolaso and Mimmo Totaro, with the first Miniartextil showing 30 small format works (20X20X20 cm), largely by Italian artists, that expressed themselves through the medium of threads of every description, including the likes of copper, silk, iron, light, wool and glass.

The event’s organiser that year, Luigi Cavadini, wrote:
“(…) The small size of the works on show in the exhibition does nothing to diminish the commitment of the artists, with the works clearly illustrating the potential of this area of art which is already especially appreciated abroad and which is now also meeting with increasing public and critical acclaim in Italy (…)”.

The second year’s event was held at the same time of the year and saw the addition of exhibits from a dozen or so foreign artists such as Naomi Kobayashi, Shihoho Fukumoto, Aoi Huber Kono, Gyongy Laky and Yvonne Pacanowsky Bobrowicz.

In 1993 Miniartextil moved to Villa Olmo under the watchful eye of Prof. Luciano Caramel who has been involved in the event every year since, and in that year 98 works were presented by artists from many different countries.

Villa Olmo was once again chosen as the venue for 1994.
131 artists took part, with Luciano Caramel writing in his catalogue introduction:

“Weaving. The entwining of warp and weft by hand or by machine, using animal or vegetable fibres, or artificial and mineral fibres. The very description alone illustrates the breadth of the textile macrocosm (…)”.

emphasising the originality and the expressive potential of textile art.

Another year and again in Villa Olmo the fifth Miniartextil called – Trame del Cuore – [the weft of the heart] was held 1995.
For the first time the organisers gave the event a title, inviting 155 artists to show what they could do.

In 1996 Miniartextil moved to the church of San Pietro in Atrio. The 140 artists taking part were invited to address the subject Tra Mare e Terra [weaving between land and sea]. Luciano Caramel’s commentary in the catalogue stressed how important textile art had now become in Italy.

In 1997 and 1998 the Mantero silk works lent its exhibition space to the event’s organisers.
1997 was indeed a special year for the Miniartextil because from that year on installations by already established artists were admitted, as well in general as the works of masters in their field who have taken up the challenge of creating works using the materials and methods provided by the textile industry.
Alongside the small themed works of the 176 artists, Miniartextil 1997- Tessere la Vita [weaving life] exhibited 5 sculptures by Fausto Melotti.

In 1998 the subject was Fili di speranza [threads of hope] with the principal artist present being Josep Grau-Garriga, internationally well-known for his textile art and exhibiting five tapestries each of 3 to 4 metres in size.
The catalogue was translated into English for the first time and almost 200 artists in total took part in the event.

In 1999 the event was to move once again. The principal artist, the American Barbara Shawcroft, showed her work in the former church of San Francesco while the side chapels housed large works and installations. In the middle of the main nave, against a backdrop of impressive staging, 196 works could be seen, all inspired by the subject Fili di Luce [threads of light]. The subject itself came about as this was the bicentenary year of the invention of the battery of the scientist, Como’s own, Alessandro Volta. At the time the counsellor for culture Giuseppe Villani wrote:

“The city council of Como is particularly pleased to present Miniartextil Como 1999, an exhibition that has now been established for many years, and we still fondly recall its beginnings at Chiostrino di Santa Eufemia in 1991,an event that brings with it a real and original cultural contribution to our city.
The exhibition explores and presents all kinds of artistic expression that are rooted in antiquity yet achieve great modernity and aesthetic value with their powerful visual impact (…)”.

In 2000 the exhibition space and staging were the same as in the previous year, with the tenth event bearing the title Sul filo del Millennio [on the edge (thread) of the millennium]. 204 artists took part with the guest of honour being Catalonia’s Josep Royo, a master weaving chosen by Joan Mirò to realise his tapestries.

The eleventh Miniartextil exhibited in the former church of San Francesco. The special guest artist was Jagoda Buic of Croatia. The over 200 participating artist worked on the theme of Libere Trame [free weaves].

In 2002 MagicheTrame [Magic Weaves] for the first time paid homage to private collecting, with the participation of two of the world’s leading champions of textile art Pierre and Marguerite Magnenat, among the founders of Lausanne’s historic biennale internationale de la tapisserie. Works not seen before in Italy were on exhibition, including works of the grand masters of the sixties and seventies, especially those from eastern Europe, including those of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jagoda Buic, Jan Hladik, Ritzi Jacobi, Hanna Jung, Maria Laszkiewicz and Wojciech Sadley.

In 2003 Miniartextil’s subject was www.tessereinrete [textiles on the web] and for the first time saw the establishment of a commission for the special selection of 54 of the over 200 mini-textile works that came to the exhibition. The Antonio Ratti Prize was inaugurated and was that year awarded to the artist Marisa Bronzini. The numbers of large works and installations present were also increased. These latter were installed on location by the artists themselves who thus stayed in Como and worked inside the exhibition site. Notable among these were Shihoho Fukumoto, Anna Goebel, Masakazu and Naomi Kobayashi.

"The 2004 event lays down a new challenge for Miniartextil Como, now called upon to adjust to the mill that belonged to Ticosa silk works and hence an urban context quite different from the space offered by that of the former church of San Francesco of previous years. The space nevertheless has its own decisive fascination that is perhaps also more coherent with the creative dynamics of the exhibition. The dialogue between Ticosa, glorious symbol of the Como textile industry, and the new frontiers being explored by contemporary textile art amounts without doubt to an ambitious and avant-garde cultural project."

The above words those of the then counsellor for culture Sergio Gaddi.
Fili spezzati [broken threads], was set up at the so-called a-shed formerly of the Ticosa textile industry, now become an unused industrial space and centre for culture and events. The works of the Sardinian artist Maria Lai were among those to stand out at the exhibition.

In 2005 the exhibition celebrated its 15th anniversary. To mark the occasion the event took in 15 locations in the city, among which both public and private spaces. Philophilo was the title of the event and its emblematic work the tapestry called "Porter with Bicycle" by William Kentrigde, loaned by the Lia Rumma gallery of Naples.

From 2006 to 2011 the main setting for the exhibition was the former church of San Francesco, now renamed the "Spazio culturale Antonio Ratti" [Ratti cultural centre].
Numerous works and installations have been seen in the spaces and side chapels of the church, including those in rete [on the web] of the 16th annual event by El Anatsui, Akio Hamatani and Adjong Park, accompanied by a selection of garments designed by the Italian stylist Roberto Capucci.

2007 was noteworthy for the presence of the works of Machiko Agano and Sabah Naim. The subject chosen for the artists to consider was that of Filare il Tempo [weaving time]. The event spread itself over a number of locations in the city of Como, while paying homage to the work of the artist Marisa Bronzini in Palazzo del Broletto.

The undoubted key figure of the 2008 event was Giuliano Mauri who presented his "Cattedrale vegetale". This was the year of Matrix Natura in which the artist created a 13-metre high gothic cathedral made from chestnut trunks on the church altar. It was the second time in his career that Mauri had realised an architectural work within deconsecrated church. The first had been in the San Carpoforo in Milan, a work called "La terra del cielo" [the sky’s earth] in collaboration with the Brera International Centre.
The following words were penned at the time by Luciano Caramel in his introduction to the exhibition:

"[...] it brings us into the terrain of works created directly – and exclusively – with the materials of nature, a field in which Giuliano Mauri is an internationally renowned maestro: to him, as I already mentioned, this year’s edition of Miniartextil, with affectionate admiration, dedicates a rather special tribute, or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say a thank you, not only for the example he has set in his long, fertile and never mundane career, ever since the seventies, but also for the gift of building a new Plant Cathedral in the apse of the church of San Francesco: an event for the city as a whole and also an unexpected acknowledgement, priceless in its generosity and for the cultural authority whence it derives, of the now so well-established meaning and commitment of Miniartextil, not least with regard to the city itself, which is not always aware of the real – albeit extraneous and inadequate – values, of the rituals and the rhythms of the ruling “cultural industry” and of its more or less admitted primary objective of making a profit.[...]"

2009 was international astronomy year, with the chosen theme E lucean le stelle reflecting this [‘and the stars shone’].
The German artist Jens J.Meyer created a large installation with sails and ropes in the church’s apse that acted as the focal element around which were spaced textile items like the rings of Saturn.

On the twentieth anniversary of Miniartextil in 2010 the chose theme was A Day of Pleasure from the title of the novel by the winner of the Nobel prize for literature Isaac B. Singer.
The mini-textile works returned to their exhibition space at the altar of San Francesco, while among the artists featuring large works were Carole Simard-Laflamme, Marzia Migliora and Toba Toba.

Last year Energheia featured artists such as Angelo Filomeno, Marina Abramović, Joseph Beuys and Pino Pascali.
After the event in Como, the exhibition was as usual set up in the February in Montrouge, Paris, at the council chamber hall with which Arte&Arte has been collaborating for 9 years, and from June to August in the Palazzo Mocenigo Musuem in Venice in collaboration with the Fondazione Musei Civici Veneziani, as has been the case each year since 2006.

Arte&Arte has over the years established relationships with a number of public bodies and the exhibition has been staged at the following places:

Mulhouse (SW)
at the Musée d'Impression sur Etoffes, in December of 2003.

Montrouge (FR)
the quarter of Paris next to Montparnasse, known for its “Salon des Jeunes Créateurs”, a festival that has been held for over 50 years, welcoming the exhibition in 2004.

Nule (I)
a small town near Sassari in Sardinia which is famous for the weaving of wool.
The area has for centuries been known for its carpets. The exhibition was held in the rooms of the “Centro di Diffusione del Goceano” from 2004 to 2008.

Venice (I)
since 2006 the exhibition has been shown every year at the Palazzo Mocenigo Museum – at the Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume.

Kaunas (LT)
In 2007 in the frame of "TEXTILE 07" the Lithuanian textile biennial, Arte&Arte acted as Italian partner. IN 2015 we were asked again to be involved in the project, exhibiting artworks by 2 Italian artists (Mattia Vacca and Simoma Muzzeddu) for the 10th Biennial entitled "Networked Encounters".

Milan (I)
In March 2011 the exhibition was displayed at the My Own Gallery in Via Tortona during Milano Moda Donna. In 2015 for the 25th edition of Miniartextil, an artwork by Anna Moro-Lin and Verdeaqua was installed in the foyer of the Auditorium Testori in Piazza Città di Lombardia, headquarters of Lombardy Region.

Maison de la Culture du Japon a Paris (F)
In February 2014 in concomitance witht he opening of EROS miniartextil in Montrouge, la Maison de la Culture du Japon hosted 3 large artworks by Japanese artists participating at the show: Keiichi Nagasawa, Noriko Narahira e Takaaki Tanaka. The following year for GEA there were artworks by Toshie Takahashi and Manabu Hangai.

Caudry (F)
Little French town renowned worldwide for the production of lace and tulle. EROS and GEA miniartextil were exhibited at the Musée de la Dentelle.

Cernobbio (I)
Villa Bernaconi is an architectural jewel in Liberty style that in 2014, while GEA exhibition was on in Villa Olmo, hosted GEA GET EVERY ART in cooperation with other associations of Como area. Moreover Villa Bernasconi was exhibition venue for the 25th edition of Miniartextil INVITO A TAVOLA.

Bando di concorso BORDERLINE MINIARTEXTIL 2017 / Regolamento e scheda concorso dei minitessili

Bando di concorso BORDERLINE MINIARTEXTIL 2017 20/04/2017 - 05/05/2017


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Premio Giancarlo e Marialuisa Sponga 2017
07/03/2017 - 31/05/2017 / Bando di concorso e scheda di aprtecipazione

Tisser les rêves - Miniartextil a Montrouge
21/02/2017 - 19/03/2017 / TESSERE SOGNI A PARIGI

24/01/2017 - 05/05/2017 / Bando di concorso minitessili 2017

20/11/2016 / Finissage in musica

SULUTUMANA a Miniartextil
19/11/2016 / Apertura straordinaria della mostra

Vincitrice Premio SPONGA
12/11/2016 / Presentazione "Il filo conduttore tra arte e società. Dalla fiber art allo yarn bombing" Carole Peia

Una notte in villa
12/11/2016 / Tra sogni, racconti e fiabe a Villa Bernasconi

AMACI - 12° Giornata del Contemporaneo
15/10/2016 / Apertura gratuita MINIARTEXTIL 2016

Giornata delle famiglie al museo
09/10/2016 / Visita guidata gratuita

TESSERE SOGNI - miniartextil 2016
01/10/2016 - 20/11/2016 / 26° edizione rassegna di fiber art internazionale

01/10/2016 / 26° edizione rassegna di fiber art internazionale

INVITATION A TABLE - miniartextil a Gif-Sur-Yvette
15/03/2016 - 22/04/2016 / La mostra nella nuova città francese

05/02/2016 - 03/03/2016 / La mostra al Beffroi e alla Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

Bando per artisti 2016 - TESSERE SOGNI
29/10/2015 - 16/04/2016 / Miniartextil 2016

GEA miniartextil a Venezia
04/06/2015 - 31/10/2015 / GEA miniartextil a Venezia

09/05/2015 - 21/06/2015 / L'arte deve diventare cibo da offrire a una mensa comune (Maria Lai)

GEA miniartextil a Caudry
27/03/2015 - 25/05/2015 / La rassegna di fiber art internazionale al Musée de la Dentelle

26/02/2015 - 22/03/2015 / 11° anno a Parigi

Arte&Arte partecipa alla BIT 2015
12/02/2015 - 14/02/2015 / Milano 12-14 febbraio

EROS miniartextil a Caudry (FR)
12/04/2014 - 13/06/2014 / Per la prima volta al Musée de la Dentelle

05/04/2014 - 02/06/2014 / 24° edizione mostra d'arte tessile contemporanea

EROS miniartextil a Montrouge Parigi
27/02/2014 - 23/03/2014 / Decimo anniversario di Miniartextil a Montrouge

EROS miniartextil a Venezia
10/01/2014 - 14/02/2014 / Palazzo Mocenigo Museo Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume

12/10/2013 - 01/12/2013 / Eros

Stampiamo il catalogo di Eros-2013 Miniartextil
Miniartextil a Parigi-Montrouge
01/02/2013 - 24/02/2013 / chez Le Beffroi

Il collage dei piccoli artisti
10/11/2012 / MiniartextilDidattica

Come nasce un'installazione
27/10/2012 / MiniartextilDidattica

'Dello spazio urbano'
26/10/2012 / MiniartextilArchitettura

Creare un'opera con fili e chiodi
13/10/2012 / MiniartextilDidattica

08/10/2012 - 08/11/2012 / Rassegna cinematografica a cura di LunediCinema FilmStudio.

'A due voci'
07/10/2012 - 28/10/2012 / MiniartextilMusicaFilosofia

06/10/2012 - 18/11/2012 / AGORA'

Eventi collaterali
06/10/2012 - 18/11/2012

Energheia. Miniartextil a Venezia
29/06/2012 - 26/08/2012

Miniartextil a Montrouge
03/02/2012 - 24/02/2012

Alfabeti di luce
19/11/2011 - 20/11/2011

24/09/2011 - 20/11/2011 / ENERGHEIA

Miniartextil a Milano
22/09/2011 - 27/09/2011 / l'arte tessile in anteprima al WHITE

Miniartextil a Milano
22/09/2011 - 27/09/2011 / l'arte tessile in anteprima al WHITE

09/06/2011 - 31/08/2011

A textile experience, a passion for color
20/02/2011 - 01/03/2011

Miniartextil a Montrouge
04/02/2011 - 25/02/2011

20/11/2010 / Live Performance di M. Elisabetta Novello

Un giorno di felicità
13/11/2010 - 14/11/2010 / racconti stra-ordinari

L'arte senza tempo delle donne berbere
30/10/2010 / 30 ottobre ore 15.00 Archeologico

Conferenza con Yosuke Taki
16/10/2010 / ore 16.00 con Ordine degli Architetti di Como

Gentili coltivatori della vita, alla ricerca del nuovo paradigma
16/10/2010 / ore 16.00 conferenza con Yosuke Taki

LE TROTTOLE - 9 ottobre ore 16.00
09/10/2010 / Workshop creativo con l'artista Antonio Noia

25/09/2010 - 21/11/2010 / Un giorno di felicità

Miniartextil a Montrouge
05/02/2010 - 26/02/2010

Luce tra arte, design e architettura
L' universo come opera d'arte
26/09/2009 - 15/11/2009 / ...E LUCEAN LE STELLE...

Miniartextil a Venezia
03/06/2009 - 31/08/2009 / in occasione della 53° Biennale d'Arte

Miniartextil a Montrouge
13/02/2009 - 06/03/2009

27/09/2008 - 16/11/2008 / Matrix Natura

Preview per la Stampa
26/09/2008 / Ore 11.30 nella chiesa di San Francesco

Miniartextil a Nule
24/05/2008 - 29/06/2008 / Torna in Sardegna per il 4 anno consecutivo

29/09/2007 - 04/11/2007 / Filare il tempo

07/10/2006 - 12/11/2006 / In_Rete

01/10/2005 - 30/10/2005 / Filophilo

25/09/2004 - 30/10/2004 / Fili Spezzati

27/09/2003 - 08/11/2003 / TessereInRete

21/09/2002 - 26/10/2002 / Magiche Trame

22/09/2001 - 20/10/2001 / Trame Libere

23/09/2000 - 28/10/2000 / Sul Filo del Millennio

25/09/1999 - 31/10/1999 / Fili di Luce

26/09/1998 - 25/10/1998

10/05/1997 - 08/06/1997

09/03/1996 - 07/04/1996

20/05/1995 - 18/06/1995

30/04/1994 - 12/06/1994

29/05/1993 - 20/06/1993

07/03/1992 - 28/03/1992

09/03/1991 - 24/03/1991


For 2017, the Cultural Association Arte&Arte, on the occasion of the 27th edition of Miniartextil, a contemporary textile art exhibition will be held in Como from October, 7 to November, 26 2017 in the former church of San Francesco, will propose GIANCARLO E MARIALUISA SPONGA award, addressed to a young artist or a researcher in the contemporary fiber art.

By desire and action of Giancarlo Sponga, we would like to remember Marialuisa Sponga, a fiber artist who took part to several editions of Miniartextil and passed away in 2005, emotionally connected by a long friedship to Nazzarena Bortolaso and Mimmo Totaro.

The new theme for Miniartextil 2017 will be BORDERLINE. The new competition notice will be available on our website.
Borderline: what is shared in common with the other, whatever the other may be, or, what it may represent. Borderline is the border, physical, ideal or mental. Reflection is up to each of us.

Conditions of participation to the new minitextiles' contest 2017 BORDERLINE is avilable on PRESS PAGE.

Arte&Arte associaiton is launching the new contest for the 26th edition of MINIARTEXTIL, having for theme TO WEAVE DREAMS.
Aplications must be submitted within Saturday April 16 2016.

We would like to drive artists' attention to the manual skills of creating fiber artworks. Everybody is invited to realise a dream, to make a wish, to weave hopes. A way to look backward, beyond the looms in order to get fascinated by the contemporary.

The 54 selected works will be exhibited in Como in the ex Church of san Francesco from October 1 to November 20 2016, than the show will be displayed in Montrouge, Paris and Venice.

“EVERYONE TO THE TABLE. May art be food for all”(Maria Lai).
Condition of participation to the new miniartextiles contest 2015.
May we remind you that the deadline for sending CD of your artwork and entry form is the 18th  October 2014.

The chosen theme for Miniartextil 2014 is GEA. Just a few months away from EXPO 2015 Milan, Arte&Arte has dedicated its 24th event to the Earth. It sets out a positive vision that celebrates its products, its richness and the diversity of life where true evolution is only possible where based on the profound connection there is between all living things and the planet that is their home.
The UN has declared 2014 the year of family farming. We see this us as one of the many points of departure for a return to roots, in every sense, to grasp the essence of life, of creativity and of art. This is indeed fertile terrain to be tended as a gift for our own future and for that of the generations to come. GEA was, according to Greek cosmogony, the first divinity to emerge from the chaos, mother earth herself. The fecund female principle, the earth that conceives and multiplies, that gives rise to the sky, the mountains and the seas. GEA is the place that generates and maintains life through the continuous alternation of life and death and of generation and destruction. Mother of all the gods and of all men and the ground into which the seed can spread its roots and the shoot may grow.

Arte&Arte is showing 18 Minitextile artworks, belonging to the Arte&Arte collection, from September the 3rd to September the 14th 2013, at the Maison de Culture du Japon in Paris. The eighteen artworks selected from the Collection Arte&Arte represent the work of a group of Japanese artists that left their mark, during the last 20 years, in the textile art exhibition Miniartextil, a show universally known as a reference point in the international textile contemporary art scenario.

We are working on EROS, the 23rd edition of Miniartextil, that will take place in Villa Olmo in Como from the 12th of October to the 1st of December 2013. This current year is one of the more difficult we have ever faced, due to the lack of public resources destinated to culture and to the economical crisis that is hitting the private factories. For this reason we decided to undertake a crowdfunding action, by submitting this web site IF YOU, AS WE DO, BELIEVE IN MINIARTEXTIL, APPRECIATE THE WORK WE HAVE DONE SO FAR IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS, WANT TO SEE THE CATALOGUE OF THIS YEAR'S EDITION PRINTED, please follow this link and support as: . We will be thankful for your help! WE TRUST in your COOPERATION Thank you!


09/05/2015 - 21/06/2015

26/02/2015 - 22/03/2015