René Magritte: L'Esprit de géométrie, 1937. The Estate of Magritte/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

René Magritte: L'Esprit de géométrie, 1937. The Estate of Magritte/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Mother!

10/01/21 to 02/06/22

Whether loving or distant, near or far, alive or dead, mothers are the source and existential beginning of human life. There is hardly another term or concept that evokes more manifold associations of, reactions to, and clichés about roles. The international exhibition “MOTHER!” shows how art has conveyed changing perceptions of motherhood from Old Masters and early avant-garde artists to the present day. Showing works ranging from Louise Bourgeois, Rineke Dijkstra, and Paula Modersohn-Becker to Yoko Ono, Pablo Picasso, and Egon Schiele, the show concentrates on the period when the feminist revolution challenged the traditional role assigned to women. From the invention of the contraceptive pill and legalized abortion in the twentieth century to current ideas of roles including biotechnological possibilities and queer family structures, the image of the mother is investigated with regard to cultural expectations and norms. The exhibition brings together contemporary art, art historical works, films, literature, as well as artifacts from the worlds of science and popular culture, in order to convey the multifaceted topic of motherhood.

Curators: Marie Laurberg (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art),  Kirsten Degel (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art), Johan Holten (Kunsthalle Mannheim)

An exhibition of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark in cooperation with Kunsthalle Mannheim.

Kalender zur Ausstellung 
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The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by DISTANZ Verlag. It is available in German and English for 20 Euros at the Museum Shop of the Kunsthalle Mannheim.

Exhibition flyer (download)

Exhibition Trailer

Fertility

Mother's Child

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