Perversity. Femmes Fatales in Modern Art (1880 – 1950)

Nacional, 30/03/2019

Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga. From March 30 to September 08, 2019

From the eternal feminine to the new woman, this exhibition surveys more than half a century of images featuring women in a period – from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s – when their representation in art underwent a paradigm shift as a reflection of the social situation of the time. The exclusively male and misogynist viewpoint came up against women's questioning of their own identity. Women went from being passive, sexualised subjects to champions of emancipation and freedom. The perverse fin-de-siècle femmes fatales, icons of a destructive sexuality, gave way to modern women whose perversity lay in their opposition to the established order and their demands for a space of their own, which rocked the foundations of a historically patriarchal society in the throes of a transforming revolution.
The exhibition is divided into three sections that deal, respectively, with the revision of the myth of the “femme fatales”, the representation of women of the night and of modern life and a new, active, creative and independent woman.
The exhibition brings together a selection of artists that includes Klimt, Modigliani, Van Dongen, Man Ray, Grosz, Picasso, Dali, Gargallo, Zuloaga and Romero de Torres, among others.
Audio guides available in Spanish and English


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