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Jacquard 2 x 2 Montréal : Tokyo
September 9 – November 3, 2010
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

July 28, 2010

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada presents an exhibition featuring more than 20 Jacquard works from Montreal and Tokyo.

Canadian artist Louise Lemieux Bérubé is globally renowned for her innovative works using Jacquard weaving techniques. She is also a co-founder of the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (MCCT) and has taught students from around the world.

This exhibition presents works by Ms. Bérubé together with works by Canadian artist, Julianna Joos and Japanese artists, Emiko Nakano and Mitsuko Akutsu, all of whom have worked in Ms. Bérubé's studio at MCCT. Although all the artists use the Jacquard technique, each expresses her own themes in her own ways.

The Jacquard loom was invented in 1801 by Joseph Marie Jacquard. It was an important discovery because it was the earliest programmable loom but also because this machine later played an important role in the development of other programmable machines, such as computers.

The recent accessibility to computerized equipment for textile artists has changed the course of its history and perspectives of textile creation.

The artists translate their images into Jacquard weave structures using the software: the artworks are hand-woven on a computerized Jacquard loom. The MCCT was one of the first centres in the world to acquire a computerized hand Jacquard loom and to allow artists to have access to these technologies.

This process enhances creativity by incorporating in a traditional technique-hand-weaving- all the possibilities of new digital technologies.

This exhibition shows immense possibilities for Jacquard weavings. The art works in the exhibition further provides viewers an opportunity to examine how the participating artists adapt to new ideas to which they are exposed at the MCCT.

This exhibition is held with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Dawson College and L'Agora de la danse.

A presentation by Louise Lemieux Bérubé will be held in the Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre at 18:30 on September 10. For more information and registration, please send an e-mail to


Date: September 9 – November 3, 2010

  • Weekdays 9:00–17:30
  • Wednesdays 9:00–20:00
  • Closed on weekends and October 11

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Contact: Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section (Tel: 03-5412-6257)

Media contact: Ryuko Iikubo (Tel: 03-5412-6347)




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