Part of the Portugal-France Season 2022, the exhibition will take to the French city about 200 works created by 40 Portuguese women artists between 1900 and 2020.
The title of the exhibition – in French “Tout ce que je veux” – is inspired by Lou Andreas-Salomé, an author who developed one of the most striking reflections on the role of women within the social, intellectual, sexual and amorous spheres.
The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, objects, books, installations, films and videos, produced by artists such as Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Lourdes Castro, Paula Rego and Helena Almeida, Ana Vieira, Joana Vasconcelos, Fernanda Fragateiro, Patricia Garrido, Maria Capelo, Sónia Almeida, Grada Kilomba, among many others.
Many of the women artists represented in the exhibition had strong ties to France, such as Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Lourdes Castro and also Aurélia de Sousa, who studied in Paris and painted her self-portrait there. This is one of the iconic works of the exhibition, painted in 1900, which symbolically inaugurates a new attitude, not of modesty and introspection, but an exercise of seeing and extending one’ s vision to the world.
The exhibition has some new elements in relation to what was presented in Lisbon, including new works by the same artists, with a different spatial presentation, but maintaining its original spirit: to give a much-deserved visibility to the remarkable production of Portuguese women artists, extending its dissemination to France, in the context of the cultural season planned by the two countries and which will unfold in multiple initiatives involving Portuguese and French artists.
The works will be on display until 4 September 2022 at the new building of the Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, designed by Portuguese architects Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus.
Curated by Helena de Freitas and Bruno Marchand, this exhibition, considered by critics as one of the best of 2021, is an initiative of the Ministry of Culture with a curatorial project of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
The museographic and design project was carried out by Change is Good (José Albergaria & Rik Bas Backer).
The bilingual catalogue of this exhibition was reprinted and is available at the Foundation.