The 3 girl power exhibitions that make the cultural comeback

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Their name does not appear in the history books, yet these women with extraordinary fates have shaken up the art world just like David, Van Gogh or Picasso.

Phew: the cultural institutions are waking up and finally celebrating the extraordinary work of these extraordinary artists, in France as in the Arab world . The feminist revolution is on the way!

“femmes peintres” at the Luxembourg Museum

The exhibition Femmes Peintres at the Luxembourg Museum

For who ? Those who are passionate about the history of art and great feminist advances.

The conspiracy theory… or almost! It must be said that from the Enlightenment until the Impressionist period, the Fine Arts were exclusively reserved for young bourgeois men . The reason for excluding women? We think they are incapable of being great artists, of excelling in fields that require a long apprenticeship ... but above all we prefer them as good wives and mothers.

Until the day when women like Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (Marie-Antoinette's super friend) and Adélaïde Labille-Guiard began to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Painting : the coveted pass that allowed to infiltrate the court for painting portraits of the rich and famous of the time ... Thanks to the opening of new women's workshops and the success of the “ Youth Exhibitions ”, artists such as Marie-Eleonore Godefroid , Marie-Guillemine Benoît or even Hortense Haudebourt- Lescot got the ball rolling and attracted women to this creative field that has so long excluded them.

These women painters who have managed to fit into the artistic scene and fully enjoy a notoriety that has been forgotten are currently the subject of a demented exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg . Concretely ? 70 paintings among the most beautiful masterpieces made by women: A kneeling young girl by Aimée Brune , Mars and Venus by Marie-Joséphine-Angélique Mongez , Naples, view of Pausilippe by Louise-Joséphine Sarazin de Belmont ...

We love … End by stocking up on gifts at the superb souvenir shop: postcards, notepads, t-shirts, books… And we dig deeper into the subject by listening to the dedicated podcast on France Culture .

Until July 4 - 19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6e

Booking on ticket office.museeduluxembourg.fr : € 13 entry

© Galerie Michel Descours / © RMN-Grand Palais (Louvre museum) - Stéphane Maréchalle / © Orléans, Musée des Beaux-Arts / © Christophe Camus

“Divas” at the IMA

The exhibition DIVA at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

For who ? The followers of Women Empowerment.

Want to travel? Ruez you on the new exhibition "Divas" organized by the Arab World Institute on these patriots and feminist women, sometimes artist, sometimes princesses, which marked the Middle East in the 20th century.

From Cairo to Beirut , from the Maghreb to Paris , art is modernizing. In the streets, women cry out for freedom and claim their right to sing, paint, dance! These Mediterranean divas from the golden age of cinema and music are more committed than ever. By putting their property for the benefit of the people and militant for the rights of Arab women, they obtain honorable posts in magazines while publicly exhibiting an undeniable talent… Randa Mirza , Princess Asmahan, Shirin Neshat (“ Looking for ”), Oum Kalthoum , Hoda Chaaraoui , Ceza Nabaraoui and even the iconic Dalida are all divas out of the shadows thanks to this very feminine exhibition.

In 4 parts and punctuated by glamorous photos, extracts from concerts and even films, we embark on a fabulous cultural journey through the life of these post-war Arab idols and their contribution to the emancipation of women on the stage. artistic . Sometimes touching then tragic, the lives of these divas (literally) are remarkably magnified. Modernity, strength, aggressiveness are the key words of this exhibition which advocates girl power at its peak.

We love … Discovering the fate of Princess Amal al-Atrache aka Asmahan : in addition to being a divine beauty, it is the most touching. Her art got the better of her and cost her her life: she drowned during a shoot. Another muse: Oum Kalthoum , the most committed, close to the politicians who set up the Egyptian Republic, becomes “the symbolic ambassador of Nasserist Egypt .” When she was on the radio every Thursday evening, it was is the whole Arab world stopping.

Exhibition visible from May 1, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Booking on billetterie.imarabe.org : € 12 entry

© Abboudi Bou Jawde / © Cherif Ben Youcef / Reyad Kesri collection / © Shirin Neshat. Courtesy Noirmontartproduction

“elles font l'abstraction” at the Center Pompidou

For who ? The activists.

110 girls from the 19th century, packed with talent in the spotlight in Beaubourg . Largely invisible, these women of abstraction are actors in the development of this new abstract art. As evidenced by Georgiana Houghton , the dean, but also Hilma af Klint , Sonia Delaunay-Terk and Vanessa Bell , major figures in the visual arts , dance , photography but also cinema . They change the codes using new painting and writing techniques and create in their own way long before Mondrian , Kandinsky or Kupka .

Led by superior forces, angels, spirits or artists from beyond, their works literally transport us! It is a philosophy that women of abstraction quickly adopted in their paintings but also their dance, which puts men and women on an equal footing.

A vibrant exhibition with women from all over the world, from Latin America to the Middle East to Asia , not to mention the long-neglected African Americans. Aesthetic, colorful, revolutionary, in short: the historic exhibition not to be missed!

We love … The podcast “ They Abstraction ” from the Center Pompidou. The voice of Christine Macel takes us behind the scenes of the works of these remarkable women artists.

Exhibition visible from May 19 to August 23, 2021 - Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris 4th

Reservations on ticket office.centrepompidou.fr : € 14 entry

© 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence / © Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Rovereto. Photo Santacroce

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Gabrielle Chanel au Palais Galliera


Gabrielle Chanel exhibition at the Palais Galliera

For who ? If you only sleep with a few drops of N ° 5 like Marilyn Monroe ...

Did you miss the Gabrielle Chanel show last year? Good news, the Palais Galliera is extending the most fashionable exhibition of the moment! The temple of fashion had thrilled all of Paris with its star exhibition devoted to the very controversial Gabrielle Chanel .

An exhibition that traces his career, his style very far from the fashion of his time, with at the center of its collections: women. We will find there her little black dresses , her sports models from the Roaring Twenties, her adoration for costume jewelry , her formidable publicity stunt around perfume n ° 5 , but also her tweed suit , her quilted bag or her two-tone pumps : as many parts that are the obvious mode of Gabrielle Chanel and her singular style.

We love rediscovering Coco Chanel at the Palais Galliera in France 24. A guided tour of the exhibition devoted to the most controversial and revolutionary of seamstresses.

From May 19 to July 18, 2021 - address

Booking on ticket office-parismusees.paris.fr : € 14 entry

© Julien T. Hamon

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