Featuring Walls: celebrating three centuries of wallpaper decoration

28 Oct 2006 – 30 Sep 2007

The Whitworth

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom


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This exhibition, organised to mark the opening of a permanent display space for the Whitworth's collection of historic and modern wallpapers, features some of the Gallery's most visually stunning and inventive decorations.

The exhibition reflects many of the social and cultural currents at work when these papers were made. Ranging from exquisite 18th century English floral patterns, block-printed and stencilled on hand-made rag paper, through exotic 19th century French drapery and chinoiserie confections to 20th and 21st century examples, Featuring Walls illustrates the range - and possibilities - of wallpaper, as a signifier of social status, a source of imaginative inspiration and a reflector of our cultural preoccupations.

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