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June 28, 2017

New art exhibit 'Connective Tissue' opening at Mutter Museum

The artist's technique was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks

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Connective Tissue Exhibit at Mutter Museum Courtesy of Mutter Museum/PhillyVoice

New Thomson Gallery exhibit "Connective Tissue" opens to the public on July 21.

Can human body tissue make beautiful art?

Yes, just look at Lisa Nilsson's ornate Tissue Series for proof. The artist creates images of human insides with Japanese mulberry paper and gilt edges of old books.

Her technique – called paper filigree – was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks. It was also later used by aristocratic women in the 16th through 18th centuries.

Nilsson's work will be on display in the Mutter Museum, beginning this summer. The exhibit "Connective Tissue" will be open to the public from July 21 through Jan. 4, 2018.

To celebrate the exhibit's opening, the museum will host a first-look on Thursday, July 20. Tickets for the evening, which will include refreshments, are $10.

Before the reception, there will also be a special open drawing from 5-6:30 p.m. Artists can bring a sketch book and draw in the main Mutter Museum, before heading in to see Nilsson's work.

"Connective Tissue" Opening Night

Thursday, July 20
6-9 p.m. | $10 per person
Mutter Museum
19 S. 22nd St.