in Rennes, an exhibition traces the emancipation of women through art


It is a resolutely feminist exhibition that is presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Rennes until September 29th.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Camille Claudel, Louise Bourgeois, Elisabeth Vige Le Brun: they are all fighters for Marie-Jo Bonnet, the curator of the exhibition "Créatrices", to see at the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes until September 29th. This specialist in the history of women and former activist of MLF (Movement for the Liberation of Women) imagined this path to highlight the emancipation of women through art.

Symbol of the liberation of women's bodies and the power of female artists, the famous Nanas of Niki de Saint Phalle. One of them sits at the entrance of the exhibition. For Marie-Jo Bonnet, the artist is a symbol. "Niki de Saint Phalle was instrumental in the process of emancipation for women artists, and was the first to make an exhibition entitled" The Power of Girls "in 1966..

80 works are presented to understand this fight. It must be remembered that women were not allowed to take classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts before 1897 and that the representation of the male nude was forbidden. From Camille Claudel to Louise Bourgeois, through less known artists, the visitor discovers the courage and tenacity they have all shown to win in a world totally dominated by men. "Becoming an artist is a combat act" for Marie-Jo Bonnet. "Women are not expected in art, it is mostly men who are expected".

Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes
Until September 29, 2019


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