It is the first time that they have been entitled to an exhibition of such magnitude. Long neglected, these women creators of pop art, renamed “Amazons” for the occasion, are in the spotlight at Mamac in Nice.
They have shaped pop art, this art that reinvests everyday objects, with flamboyant and provocative works. However, they remain the great forgotten ones of this artistic movement emblematic of the 1960s. These neglected artists, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Mamac) in Nice has decided to pay homage to them through its exhibition She-Bam Pow Pop Wizz ! Les Amazones du Pop, until March 28, 2021. This is the first time that an exhibition of this magnitude has been devoted to women creators of pop art.
Renamed “Les Amazones du Pop”, artists like Niki de Saint Phalle and Evelyne Axell are in the spotlight with creations as colorful as they are sassy, reflections of their time. “This exhibition is a fairly happy time bubble in this universe of the 60s where we dream of a better world, but where we are also confronted with the wars of decolonization, the upheavals of the world”, explains Hélène Guenin, director of Mamac.
Skin color, class and gender are all questions asked by the Pop Amazons. AT Through their works, they tell tales of sexual emancipation and rebellion against the domesticity of the housewife and criticize mass consumption. By putting their talent at the service of a better, more progressive and peaceful world, the Amazons are part of a wider spiritual and counter-cultural movement specific to the 60s and 70s. Forgotten by the world of pop art, these women artists were also forgotten by the feminist movement: at the time, emerging feminism considered them too caricatured.
“Les Amazones du Pop”, at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 1 place Klein, 06000 Nice – Tel. +33 (0) 4 97 13 42 01 – Every day except Monday, January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, and December 25.