MUSE, MODEL OR MISTRESS? | Gallery Different
MUSE, MODEL OR MISTRESS? | 23rd – 29th September 2018 | Gallery Different
Private View | Monday 24th September 2018, 6 – 8pm
Picasso’s Women ticketed live theatre performance | Tuesday 24th – Saturday 29th Evenings
Exhibition Dates: 23rd – 29th September 2018
Gallery DIFFERENT |14 Percy Street | Fitzrovia | London W1T 1DR
Muse Model or Mistress? This question about the role of women in the art world was posed by Marcel Duchamp to Peggy Guggenheim and was a catalyst for her New York exhibition in 1943 – 31 Women Artists. Seventy-five years later the question is still relevant and seemed an apt theme for this solely female exhibition which has been curated by Karina Phillips and Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf in collaboration with Flying Elephant’s production of Picasso’s Women.
The exhibition which will be open to the public daily from Monday 24th to Saturday 29th September will also form the backdrop and context to the evening performances – a series of monologues and confessionals performed by three of the most influential women in the early life of Picasso – first wife, Olga Khoklova, mistress and model, Fernande Olivier, and the young Marie-Therese Walter, the subject of the current Tate exhibition.
It comes at a time when there is a global spotlight on the role of women in society and the way in which they are portrayed and perceived. Timely then to put on this exhibition together with insightful dramatic performances that highlight the effect of this portrayal and perception. The monologues focus on each woman’s perspective of being a muse for a male artist, and will open up a discussion of how the muse’s position changes through the female rather than the male gaze.
Picasso’s Women enjoyed critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and Tickets for the London performances are available to purchase now.
Carla van de Puttelaar
Jenny Van Gimst