Past exhibition

Women in Abstraction

10.22.2021 - 02.27.2022

Women in Abstraction sets out to write the history of the contributions made by “female artists” to abstraction in the 20th century, through to about the 1980s, with a few original incursions into the 19th century.

The artists are presented here as players and co-creators in their own right, of modernism and its legacy. Far from being a mere catalogue, the idea is to highlight the decisive turning points that marked this history, while simultaneously questioning the canons of abstraction. Special attention is accorded to highlighting the specific contexts surrounding, favoring or, on the contrary, hindering recognition of female artists. These contexts are at once educational, social, institutional, ideological, and even aesthetic. The exhibition thus reveals the process of invisibilization that marked the work of these artists, while still presenting their positions, with all their complexities and paradoxes. Many of these artists adopted a non-gendered identity while others laid claim to a “female” art.

Saloua Raouda Choucair
Fractional Module, 1947-1951
Oil on canvas
47 x 67 cm
Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation
© Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation, Beirut
© Galerie Saleh Barakat

Virtual Tour

We’d like to invite you to enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibition Women in Abstraction. This tour includes all the works and didactic texts in the show.

The Exhibition

Georgiana Houghton

Georgiana Houghton
Album of Spirit Art, 1866–84
Album containing a series of watercolours by Georgiana Houghton and other artists
49 × 42 × 3.5 cm
The College of Psychic Studies, London

Natalia Goncharova

Natalia Goncharova
Composition, 1913–14
Oil on canvas
104.2 × 97 cm
Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, donation de l’État soviétique, 1988
© VEGAP, Bilbao, 2021

Carlotta Corpron

Carlotta Corpron
Light, White Paper, and Glass, ca. 1944
Gelatin silver print
27 × 35.5 cm
Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, don de Jacqueline Gilliam, 2014
© 1988 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Lygia Clark

Lygia Clark
Critter “In Itself”, 1962
20 × 22 × 15 cm
Seroussi Collection
Photo: Courtesy of “The World of Lygia Clark” Cultural Association


Aurèlia Muñoz
Palm Tree Fragment, 1976
231 × 70 cm
Ajuntament de Sant Cugat, donació: Aurèlia Muñoz
© Hereus d’Aurèlia Muñoz

Harmony Hammond

Harmony Hammond
Floorpiece VI, 1973
Cloth and acrylic
167.64 cm (diam.)
Courtesy the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York
Photo: Jeffrey Sturges
© VEGAP, Bilbao, 2021

In the Museum

Mujeres de la abstracción
Mujeres de la abstracción
Mujeres de la abstracción
Mujeres de la abstracción
Mujeres de la abstracción

Video about The Exhibition