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Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag


Denver Art Museum
May 19 – September 22, 2013
Exhibition total area: 2,000 sq. ft.
Checklist: 48 framed and unframed textiles, furniture and fashion pieces, plus 15 framed collages


(From the exhibition website) Following the prolonged trauma of World War II, a renewed public appetite for color and pattern flourished in Britain. Designers responded enthusiastically to the freedom of the post-war period, creating dynamic and stimulating patterns inspired by art, science, and everyday life. Czech-born Jacqueline Groag was one of the most versatile women designers of this period. From the colorful and playful to the abstract and representational, Groag’s work contributed to Britain’s spirit of renewal and defined the popular “contemporary” style. An extremely inventive artist with a finely tuned sense of color, Groag utilized collage and drawing to develop her exceptional child-like visions.

Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag provides a rare opportunity to view these original works on paper alongside Groag’s lively, bold designs for furnishing textiles, dress fabrics, laminates, and other decorative surfaces drawn primarily from the Denver collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III.

Organized by the Denver Art Museum as part of Spun: Adventures in Textiles.



Exhibition design


All photographs courtesy of Denver Art Museum | Jeff Wells