Centre Pompidou Paris

F-75004 Paris

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Magdalena AbakanowiczMarina AbramovicEija-Liisa AhtilaLaure Albin-GuillotGhada AmerAlisa AndrasekEleanor AntinGenevieve AsseGae AulentiSilvia BächliMaja BajevicElisabeth BalletYto BarradaValerie BelinPierrette BlochIrma BoomLouise BourgeoisRomaine BrooksAngela BullochClaude CahunSophie CalleLouise CampbellNiki de Saint PhalleClaude de SoriaTacita DeanNanna DitzelMarlene DumasTracey EminVALIE EXPORTMartine FranckHelen FrankenthalerGisele FreundMonique FrydmanManuell GautrandShadi Ghadirian GhazelNan GoldinDominique Gonzalez-FoersterEileen Gray Guerrilla GirlsMarie-Ange GuilleminotZaha HadidAlice HalickaMona HatoumFlorence HenriEva Hesse HessieSheila HicksHannah HöchJenny HolzerRoni HornRebecca HornValentine HugoAlice HutchinsBethan HuwsCristina IglesiasGraciela IturbideSanja IvekovicWendy JacobShirley JaffeFrancoise JanicotKoo Jeong-AJoan JonasValerie JouveFrida KahloToba KhedooriSonia KhuranaKaren KnorrBela KolarovaBarbara KrugerGermaine KrullElke Silvia KrystufekFriedl Kubelka Vom GröllerYayoi KusamaSuzanne LafontLaura LamielSigalit LandauMaria LassnigMarie LaurencinJanette LaverriereLouise LawlerTamara de LempickaZoe LeonardNatacha LesueurSheila Levrant de BrettevilleDora MaarAgnes MartinNajia MehadjiSusan MeiselasNathalie MelikianAna MendietaAnnette MessagerJoan MitchellLisette ModelVera MolnarCharlotte MoormanMariko MoriTania MouraudValerie MrejenAurelie NemoursShirin NeshatLouise NevelsonNatacha NisicYoko Ono OrlanChana OrloffGina PaneFlorence ParadeisAlicia PenalbaCharlotte PerriandChloe PieneDanielle QuaranteSara RahbarJudit ReiglDelphine ReistEdda RenoufLili Reynaud DewarGermaine RichierSophy RickettPipilotti RistSophie RistelhueberMartha RoslerJudith RothschildCarolee SchneemannAnne-Marie SchneiderZineb SediraCindy ShermanMieko ShiomiTaryn SimonAdriena SimotovaLucy SkaerSandy SkoglundAlexis SmithSeton SmithKiki SmithPatti SmithAlison & Peter SmithsonPeter SmithsonAlison SmithsonWieki SomersMonika SosnowskaNancy SperoJana SterbakAnnelies StrbaKatja StrunzAlina SzapocznikowAtsuko TanakaDorothea TanningAgnes ThurnauerBetty TompkinsAnnie TribelRosemarie TrockelTatiana TrouveSuzanne ValadonRemedios VaroSandra Vasquez de la HorraFrancoise VergierMaria Elena Vieira da SilvaIsabelle WaternauxSabine WeissMarthe WeryRachel WhitereadHannah WilkeNancy Wilson-PajicMakhi XenakisNil Yalter Yuki Onodera 


press release

For the first time in the world, a museum will be displaying the feminine side of its own collections. This new presentation of the Centre Pompidou's collections will be entirely given over to the women artists from the 20th century to the present day.

elles@centrepompidou is the third thematic exhibition of the Centre Pompidou's collections, following Big Bang in 2005 and the Mouvement des Images (Image Movements) in 2006-2007.

This will be the occasion for the institution, which has built up the very first collection of modern and contemporary art, to show its commitment to women artists, nationality and discipline taken together, and place them at the core of modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Key figures such as Sonia Delaunay, Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning, Joan Mitchell and Maria-Elena Vieira da Silva rub shoulders with today's great female creators some of whom, including Sophie Calle, Annette Messager and Louise Bourgeois have been featured recently in monographic exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou.

The programming cuts across disciplines to take a deeper look at the place occupied by women in the culture of the last century, from literature to history of thought, from dance to cinema.


The show is hung in chronological order by themes. It brings together a selection of over 500 works by more than 200 artists, from the beginning of the 20th century up to the present day.

Pioneer Level 5. Abstract, primitive, functional, urban, mixed media, surreal, amazons, objective... Eight rooms display the works of these pioneers who were at the forefront of change in all the artistic media: Shirley Jaffe, Joan Mitchell, Sonia Delaunay, Natalia S. Gontcharova, Hannah Höch, Frida Kahlo, Judit Reigl, Suzanne Valadon, Diane Arbus, Dora Maar.

Free Fire Opening level 4. Niki de Saint Phalle, Karen Knorr, Rosemarie Trocket, among others, represent those who played historic roles, feminists, critics, photographers and performers, with their personal visions of reality.

Body slogan Level 4. Precocious and inventive in photography and video, women artists have lately transformed the art of drawing, revitalising the very notion of body. ORLAN, Atsuko Tanaka and Ana Mendieta worked on the representation of the body and its stereotypes, notably that of the life drawing genre, as well as ways of staging it in their early performances.

The Activist Body Level 4. Women artists played a key role in redefining visual and theoretical categories, and explored and commented on ways of bridging the abstract and the figurative, the organic and the systematic, the conceptual and the sensual. Typical among these was Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Vera Molnar, Valérie Jouve, Hanne Darboven.

A room of One's Own Level 4.Borrowing Virginia Wool's title of her book dealing with questions about the conditions of art production, this part of the exhibition is gathering the works of artists exploring the notion of private space, weaving new connections between mental projections and exhibition space. Here we find Dorothea Tanning, Tatiana Trouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Sophie Calle.

Wordworks Level 4. From story-telling to listing, through autobiography, quotations, legends and the many facets of the artist's book, creative women like Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Natacha Lesueur, Cristina Iglesias, Eija-Liisa Ahtila explore the various uses of language in art. Concept Art, urban myths, appropriation and post-modernism all use words as a medium while video installations redefine the idea of story-telling.

Immaterials Level 4. Matali Crasset, Alisa Andrasek, Tacita Dean, Louise Campbell, Isa Genzken, Nancy Wilson-Pajic, Geneviève Asse and more leave us with one of the most striking characteristics of contemporary art, namely its disembodiment. The title refers back to one of the Centre Pompidou's cult exhibitions, "Les immatériaux" (Immaterials).