Celebrate International Women’s Day with a visit to one of these female-centric exhibitions

This March there are numerous exhibitions across the city of Paris devoted exclusively to women, curated by women, or which showcase women artists. Here is a list of compelling, original exhibitions you can visit to learn about the women working in art and design.

  1. Prix Aware 2018 – Archives National (until March 12 – FREE ENTRY March 8)
    1. Every year, AWARE (Archives of Women Artists Research and Exhibitions) recognizes emerging and established artists. The show, installed in the Hôtel de Soubise, includes all of the finalists as well as the two awardees.
  2. Constance Guisset Design, Actio! – MAD Paris (November 14 – March 11)
    1. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs has given Constance Guisset carte blanche to showcase her past 10 years of creation. Her design practice extends to scenography, architecture, installations and videos, and the exhibition highlights the imagination, emotion, and the “magic of creation” embedded in her practice. 
  3. Lifelines, Sheila Hicks – Centre Pompidou (February 7 – April 30)
    1. Breaking their a predominantly male cycle of retrospectives, the Pompidou has devoted a gallery to the artist known for her unconventional creative practice that involves, among other methods: “knotting, wrapping, folding, twisting and stacking wool, linen and cotton.”
  4. L’Iguane, Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillot – Credac (until March 25 – Performances on weekends)
    1. Performances, videos, and installations fill this intimate show, located in the lovely Credac art center just south of Paris. In the exhibition, the artists explore historic episodes and methods of communicating knowledge, morals, and social revolutions, such as Pythagorean teaching, the songs of the Saint-Simoniens, or suffragette practice of jiu-jitsu. 
  5. Akademia: Performing Life – Villa Vassilief (until March 24)
    1. Curated by Solvita Krese, Inga Lāce (Latvian Center for Contemporary Art) & Camille Chenais, this show looks at the Akademia com­mu­nity and school that offered courses in dance, art and crafts, hosted an art gallery, a pub­lishing house and staged the­atre and dance pieces between the 1910s and 1970s in Paris. 


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