Women House at La Monnaie de Paris

From October 20, 2017 to January 28, 2018

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Women House represents the meeting of two notions: a gender – female – and a space – the home.

Architecture and public spaces have long been masculine domains, while the domestic space has often been either a prison or a refuge for women: however, this obvious historical fact has not been disastrous and the Women House exhibition demonstrates this.

Over 1000 m2, in part of the courtyards of Monnaie de Paris, 40 female artists of the 20th and 21st centuries take this complex topic on board, putting women at the heart of a story from which they have been missing.

The challenge of finding a work space at home was theorised in 1929 by Virginia Woolf, who encouraged women to find a room "they could lock without being disturbed" in her essay "A room of one's own".

This is the starting date of Women House, with a goal that is explored thematically up to the most recent works, produced by a young generation of female artists, en route via the 1970s, when female artists rebelled against their lack of space, both real - for exhibitions, for work - and symbolic - for recognition. 

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