Women house

· Art, Fashion

Louise Bourgeois “Spider” 1995


You know how I love visiting museums: museums marathon, or exhibition no matter if I am in Paris, London, New York or Ubud

All kind of art interest me, even though I’m especially fond of contemporary art. I’m still far from being an expert, but I like learning, thinking and getting inspiration from these pieces of art.

Last weekend, I went to La Monnaie de Paris to see the Women House exhibition, which I discovered through Instagram. I thought it would be promising because it was visually appealing and had a staunchly feminist approach.


From imprisonment and obedience…

Helena Almeida “Study for two spaces” 1977


Indeed, this exhibition puts the spotlight to 40 female artists, who showcased the relationship between women and their domestic environment, places that have been imposed on them for a long while.

The exhibition looks at the relationship “woman-house” which changed along the periods, at times synonym of imprisonment, obedience, at times place of creativity and evasion.

Louise Bourgeois “Femme-maison” 1994


Penny Slinger “Exorcism house” 1977


Divided in 8 parts, it starts with a caricature of the housewife who use her house as unique “playground”. This “desperate housewife” is being laughed at with satirical artwork from Birgitt Jürgessen (and this gas cooker apron) among others.

Birgit Jürgenssen “Housewives-Kitchen apron”1975/2003 & Martha Rosler “Woman with vacuum” (1967-72)


Joana Vasconcelos “Tea pavilion” 2012


I particularly liked this “Modern chess set” from Rachel Whiteread, where we can see a thrilling round of laundry and iron sessions.

Rachel Whiteread “Modern set chess” 2005


Happy to find pieces from the Portuguese photographer Helena Almeida (who I discovered at “Le Jeu de Paume” museum a year ago), darker with melancholy that reflect loneliness.


… to construction and creativity

The rhythm and ambiance of the exhibition changes at each new chapter, which I especially liked. We can enjoy different approaches and significations at each level.

Don’t miss pieces from Louise Bourgeois, including the famous spider (previously seen at the Tate Modern in London) and one of the well-known “Nana-maisons” from Niki de Saint Phalle.

Niki de Saint Phalle “Nana-maison II” 1966/1987


Laura Tixier “Plaid houses” 2008 and Laurie Simmons “Walking house” 1989


I recommend this exhibition to everyone because it offers different interpretations. Besides, the place itself worth being visited. Form and substance are both interesting, it deserves to be seen. (English translation by Quiterie)


“WOMEN HOUSE” exhibition
at La Monnaie de Paris
11 Quai de Conti
75006 PARIS

(until January 28th 2018)

My Outfit

Coat Sézane (already seen here)
Cashmere sweater La Redoute
White jeans Uniqlo (already seen here)
Sneakers Stan Smith Adidas
Bag Close (already seen here)

Earrings Mango (already seen here)
Necklace Minetta Jewellery

Eyelashes extension « Volume russe » Les cils de Marie (already seen here)
Eyebrow crayon Brow Drama Pomade « Châtain » Maybelline NY
Lipstick Lip Paint Lacquer “105 Red fiction” L’Oréal Paris


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    C’est dans ces moments là que je regrette de ne pas vivre à Paris…
    J’aime ma région (sud est) mais ce type d’expositions manque cruellement en Province malgré certes quelques efforts (Mucem à Marseille notamment ou Musée Granet à Aix en Pce).
    Quand je monte à Paris avec ma sœur, on se fait toujours une journée marathon des musées. On pense justement faire un passage en début d’année prochaine mais je crains que ce soit trop juste pour cette expo là. Quel dommage car ça m’aurait vraiment intéressée !
    Merci d’avoir partagé tes impressions et ces jolies photos 🙂
    Bon we!

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      ahhh oui ! on est gâtés à Paris ! Mais le Mucem se défend pas mal ! Si tu passes avant le 28 Janvier c’est bon, tu pourras la voir cette expo ! Merci à toi en tous cas !

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    Merci pour le conseil, je serai à Paris dans quelques jours et c’est une visite désormais inscrite à mon programme ! Et comme toujours : tes photos sont magnifiques !

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    Oh la la, cet article donne envie de se rendre à Paris sur le champ! Tu es expert dans l’art de nous mettre l’eau à la bouche 🙂
    Superbes photo et super article! Bon week-end

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    Tes articles sont tjs au top. Merci pour l’idée visite. Bon weekend

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    Marinella Rauso

    It was such a great pleasure to read your article this morning and to discover that beautiful GIF of us. As i told you, I felt so lucky to be “matched” with you and Irene.
    best memories.
    PS. now i should read it in French and practice 🙂

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