elles@centrepompidou, May 27, 2009 – February 1, 2011, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France.
WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE COLLECTIONS OF THE CENTRE POMPIDOU
The new hang of the permanent collection of the Musée National d’Art Moderne is to be entirely devoted to contemporary women artists – the first time such a thing will have been done by a national museum of art.
The exhibition represents a vigorous affirmation of the Museum’s commitment to women artists of every nationality, across all the disciplines, returning them to their rightful place at the centre of the modern and contemporary art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Following “Big Bang” in 2005 and “Le Mouvement des Images” in 2006-2007, “elles@centrepompidou” will be the third thematic hang of the permanent collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne.
Organised thematically, the exhibition brings together more than 500 works by more than 200 artists from the early twentieth century to our own day.
Drawn from the historical collection, the work of such emblematic figures as Sonia Delaunay, Frida Khalo, Dorothea Tanning, Joan Mitchell and Maria-Elena Vieira da Silva, among many others, will hang alongside the productions of major contemporary women artists, notably Sophie Calle, Annette Messager and Louise Bourgeois, all recently the subjects of monographic exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou.
Within the exhibition, women artists will speak for themselves, with their observations on their own work cited in the extended labels, while the wall texts are given over to the reflections of women writers, philosophers, novelists and historians. Many of the artists will also address the public directly, in talks and discussions.
A 380-page catalogue is published by Éditions du Centre Pompidou, in French and English versions. This includes several essays and a chronology of women’s art over the past century.