The internationally active artist Burhan Doğançay (b./d. Istanbul, 19292013) originally studied law in Ankara and
then business in Paris. Thereafter, he served as a member of Turkeys diplomatic corps before deciding to settle in New
York and devote himself entirely to art in 1964. From the very beginning, Doğançays artistic work was inspired
by the urban environmentparticularly by walls. He viewed such urban walls as continuously changing barometers of their respective societies, with each reflecting both the political and economic development
of a given country and remaining in constant flux. From the 1970s onwards, Doğançay photographed urban walls all over
the world; these he then archived for use as sources of inspiration for his works. The technique that he chose as being well-suited
to his art was that of the collage, with which he adapted the processes of change exhibited by the urban walls for use in
his own images. In his later years, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s, he used the urban walls as the basis for developing his series Ribbons. There then came an offer from Atelier Raymond Picaud in Aubusson, France, to transfer these works to tapestries. So Doğançays
designs were woven in Aubusson, a centuries-old center of tapestry production that is still known as a place where artistic
designs are executed in the textile medium. The list of artists whose designs were realized there includes Sonia Delaunay
and Le Corbusier. The tapestry donated to the MAK is a product of this series and shows a violet background torn up by ribbons.
The shadows thus take on a calligraphic quality that intensifies the impression of three-dimensionality. In 2013, it became
possible to add Burhan Doğançays tapestry to the MAK Collection thanks to a donation in the name of Josepha Ilowsky-Ewantschin.
Textiles and Carpets Collection
Curator: Silke Geppert
The holdings of the MAKs collection of textiles, which is one of the foremost textile collections in the world, cover
the time from Late Antiquity until today; they encompass the globe with works from nearly all parts of Asia and Europe, and
even South America. The collection is a comprehensive material archive reflecting the artistic, technical, and economic developments
of this special field throughout the last 1,500 years. This richness of the material archive gives it a unique capability
of illustrating the multifaceted, international cultural interconnections that have developed over the centuries.