Women in Abstraction sets out to write the history of the contributions of women artists to abstraction, with one hundred and six artists and more than five hundred works dating from the 1860s to the 1980s.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to discover artists who represent discoveries both for the specialist and for the general public. It showcases the work of many of these women who suffer from a lack of visibility and recognition beyond the frontiers of their countries. Reviewing their specific contribution to the history of abstraction, the exhibition focuses on the careers of artists who were sometimes unjustly eclipsed from the history of art.
The exhibition includes a collaborative painting by the APY Art Centre Collective:
“Nganampa mantangka minyma tjutaku Tjukurpa ngaranyi alatjitu (Women’s Law alive in our Country / La Loi des femmes est vivante sur nos terres)”
Commissioned by Fondation Opale in 2018, this monumental acrylic painting was created for Fondation Opale by 26 women from 7 communities in the APY Lands, South Australia. Aboriginal women today occupy an important position in contemporary art. They have chosen to paint The Story of the Seven Sisters, one of the Dreamings which travels across Australia.
The exhibition Women in Abstraction is then travelling to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 2022.
SOURCES: Centre Pompidou, Fondation Opale