• 12 Dec 2017

Women House: “A group exhibition of women Artists” puts together 39 Artists ranging from the 20th to the 21st century at the Monnaie de Paris. In fact, until January 28th 2018, before travelling to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C in March 2018, the exhibition proposes a new women perspective on the household:

This picture represents the front entrance of the Monnaie de Paris.

Monnaie de Paris © PHGCOM

2 notions meeting each other: the feminine genre and the household

Women House favors a dialogue between a genre – the feminine one – and a space – the household. Effectively, the idea is to oppose classical architecture and public space which have been masculine for a long period of time. As a result, by reflection, the household was considered all together as a prison and a refuge by women. Sequenced in 8 chapters, the exhibition tackles the issue and presents women at the core of the history they have been made invisible in. The 39 Artists come from 4 continents and transcends all generations. In fact, Mexican Artist Pia Camil, Iranian Artist Nazgol Ansarinia and Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos are included in the show.

This picture represents a mixed media Artwork by Artist Joana Vasconcelos.

Joana Vasconcelos © See-ming Lee from Hong Kong SAR, China

An intention that is both feminist and poetic

Women House is an exhibition that intends to find a work space at home. Effectively, it is the theory developed by Virginia Woolf in 1929. In this theory, women are encouraged to find a room with which they have the possibility to “lock in down without being disturbed”. In fact, that is what the writer proposed in her essay “A room of one’s own”. Therefore, 1929 was picked as the starting date for the exhibition. Women House is curated thematically to include recent Artworks from young women Artists.

This picture of writer Virginia Woolf was taken by photographer George Charles Beresford.

Virginia Woolf © George Charles Beresford

A curator used to feminist themes

Camille Morineau, Director of Exhibitions and Collections of Monnaie de Paris is the one who organized Women House. Effectively, she specialized in the question of women Artists. She also put together “[email protected]” in 2009 and the “Niki de Saint Phalle” retrospective at the Grand Palais in 2014. As a result, she intends to give more visibility to women Artists often marginalized as opposed to their male counterparts. Despite the drastic swing from the second half of the 20th century, women remain under represented on the Fine Arts market.

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Sources: Monnaie de Paris et Beaux-Arts Magazine