The new permanent exhibition shows all the highlights of the Abegg-Stiftung’s world-class collection including several new acquisitions which are now going on show for the first time. The main part of the exhibition is the collection of sumptuous textiles from Europe, the eastern Mediterranean and regions along the Silk Road. These are arranged in chronological order illustrating the development of textile art in both East and West, while the open-plan exhibition architecture enables visitors to look back and ahead and to change direction at will. The time span of the textiles exhibited extends from the fourth century BC to the eighteenth century A.D. Paintings, sculptures and important works of applied art are also on display and shed light on the interrelationships between textiles and other arts.