Museum/Heritage Visits

International Women’s Day

Can’t wait to visit these exhibitions!! (online for now, which can be a wonderful way to keep our passion going).

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, I join the conversation with a list of (online and upcoming) exhibitions about and/or by women. I cannot wait to visit physically our museums, galleries, historic houses, and in general any cultural institution. We need to wait a bit longer (at least here in the UK) than I was expecting but, at least we can visit some of them online. And despite the fact that I believe that the experience with the object in the flesh cannot be compared to the one we have through a screen, I am grateful for this wonderful online world, and the privilege of having it available at home. Infinite source of learning and discovery. Let these wonderful women enter in our rooms.

Please note, this is a small example of what’s out there (find hyperlinks below), focusing on what I have relatively (geographically) close to me, and listed in no specific order (can’t wait to hear about many other exhibitions happening!):

Femmes peintres, the exhibition at Paris Musée du Luxembourg

“A half-century journey from the pre-Revolutionary years to the Restoration, the exhibition Women Painters, 1780-1830. The Birth of a Battle features some 70 works on display from public and private French and international collections. The exhibition aims to bring the public’s attention to an issue about which little or nothing is known: how the then-unprecedented phenomenon of increasing numbers of women in the fine arts was linked to the changing organisation in the sphere of artistic production (administration, training, exhibition, criticism) and the transforming tastes and social practices relating to art.” (Musée du Luxembourg).

Affiche Peintres Femmes, @ Musée du Luxembourg. Nisa Villers, Portrait présumé de madame Soustras laçant son chausson (détail), 1802, huile sur toile, Paris, musée du Louvre, département des Peintures, auprès du musée international de la Chaussure, Romans-sur-Isère © Rmn-Grand Palais
(musée du Louvre)

Amy Sherald work at Hauser & Wirth

Now on digital display at Hauser & Wirth, a series of five small portraits all painted during lockdown. “Sherald subverts the medium of portraiture to tease out unexpected narratives, inviting viewers to engage in a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation, and to situate black heritage centrally in the story of American art.” (Hauser & Wirth).

They Call Me Redbone, But I’d Rather Be Strawberry Shortcake, Amy Sherald, 2019 .
(Collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts)

Uninvited Guests. Episodes on Women, Ideology and the Visual Arts in Spain (1833-1931) – Museo del Prado

“Uninvited Guests generates a series of contexts that allow for a reflection from the starting point of the Museum’s own collection and for an analysis of some of the most profound consequences of a common mindset. The women present in all these contexts are rarely the protagonists through their own initiatives, nor are they located where they wished to be: rather, they were merely “uninvited guests” in the art world of the day.” (Museo del Prado),

“This exhibition champions the role of women and analyses the hostility with which they were treated by the Spanish art system in the 19th and early 20th centuries.” (Olga Sánchez, President of Fundación AXA).

Phalaena, 1920
Carlos Verger Fioretti (1872 – 1929)
Zamora, Museo de Zamora, long-term loan from Museo Nacional del Prado

Aliza Nisenbaum – at Tate Liverpool

“Aliza Nisenbaum (b.1977, Mexico) is a New York based painter best known for her bright, large-scale portraits of community groups. Inspired by the dedication of Liverpool’s key workers, the artist has created a series of new paintings of NHS staff from Merseyside who have worked tirelessly for their community during the pandemic. The exhibition captures the stories of frontline NHS workers and highlights the impact that Covid-19 has had on their jobs and home lives.” (Tate Liverpool).

Nimo, Sumiya, and Bisharo harvesting flowers and vegetables at Hope Community Garden, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Anton Kern Gallery, New York / Aliza Nisenbaum.

Women artists of the Dutch Golden Age – online NMWA

“Explore an online version of Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age, an exhibition examining the lives and works of several highly successful artists in the Netherlands during the 17th and early 18th centuries.” (NMWA – National Museum of Women in the Arts).

Salmacis en Hermaphroditus, Magdalena van de Passe, after Jacob Symonsz Pynas, c. 1636 – 1670 (Courtesy

Lubaina Himid – Autumn 2021 at Tate Modern

‘This large-scale exhibition will debut recent work and include selected highlights from Lubaina Himid’s influential career. Taking inspiration from her interest in theatre, the exhibition will unfold in a sequence of scenes designed to place visitors centre-stage and backstage.’ (Tate Modern).

Between the Two my Heart is Balanced, 1991 © Lubaina Himid (Courtesy Tate Modern)

Yayoi Kusama – Spring 2021 at Tate Modern

“A small presentation of photographs – some on display for the first time – provides historical context for the global phenomenon that Kusama’s mirrored rooms have become today.” (Tate Modern).

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011/2017 Tate Presented by the artist, Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro 2015, accessioned 2019 © YAYOI KUSAMA

Happy International Women’s day to everyone. This day is still here, visible, mostly because of sinister and unacceptable realities. Let’s keep working together.

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

Audre Lorde

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