The Centre Pompidou, according to Suzanne Muchnic in the Los Angeles Times, is spending the next year imagining the history of art without men:
“It’s a risk,” says Camille Morineau, who has organized “elles@centrepompidou,” opening Wednesday at the Pompidou Center. “Excluding men and showing only women is a revolutionary gesture of affirmative action. But the museum is avant-garde. It’s part of the Centre Pompidou culture to do things differently. And we like a lot of drama. This is going to be dramatic in a big way.”
By any definition, the installation of about 500 works by more than 200 women is an ambitious project — a standout among museums’ efforts to pay more attention to women. If not the first such exhibition in the world, as advertised, it’s certainly the first on such a grand scale. And it will run for an entire year, with periodic additions and rotations of artworks.
As Stephanie Barron, senior curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, puts it: “When you have an institution of the scale and prestige of the Pompidou devoting its entire hang of its collection thematically to women artists, it’s making a very serious statement.”
Beginning with early 20th century paintings by French artist Suzanne Valadon and ending with works by up-to-the-minute figures such as Japan’s Mariko Mori, Switzerland’s Pipilotti Rist and England’s Rachel Whiteread, “elles” will offer an international array of paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs, prints, videos, furniture and architectural models.
At Paris’s Pompidou Center, The Year of the Women (Los Angeles Times)