Fantastic Women – Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, July 25 – November 8, 2020
“The exhibition Fantastic Women – Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is the first major general presentation of female Surrealists. More than 260 works by 34 artists from the USA, Mexico and Europe demonstrate how their involvement and participation in the movement was greater than previously known and described. The exhibition presents works by among others Meret Oppenheim, Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Dora Maar, Lee Miller and Frida Kahlo.
Goddess, she-devil, doll, fetish, child-woman or wonderful dream-creation – the woman or the idea of the feminine was the central element in the male Surrealists’ imaginations. At first the female artists became part of the inner circle of Surrealism primarily as models, but soon they broke out of the traditional roles and manifested themselves with their own works.
The exhibition shows how they worked within themes, which in many cases were already associated with Surrealism, but also how they differ from the male artists. The aspect that most clearly differentiates the female Surrealists from their male colleagues is the inversion of perspective. The female artists sought a (new) female identity model. This often involved an investigation of their own reflections and playing with various roles.” — Louisiana Museum of Modern Art