Sunday, September 13, 2015


Nathalie Djurberg
It’s the Mother, 2008

"Through the work of more than a hundred international artists, the exhibition The Great Mother analyzes the iconography of motherhood in the art and visual culture of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries, from early avant-garde movements to the present.

Whether as a symbol of creativity or as a metaphor for art itself, the archetype of the mother has been a central figure in the history of art, from the Venuses of the Stone Age to the "bad girls" of the postfeminist era and through centuries of religious works depicting innumerable maternity scenes. The more familiar version of “Mamma” has also become a stereotype closely tied to the image of Italy.

Gillian Wearing
Self Portrait as My Mother Jean Gregory, 2003

In undertaking an analysis of the representation of motherhood, the exhibition The Great Mother traces a history of women's empowerment, chronicling gender struggles, sexual politics, and clashes between tradition and emancipation."

"The Great Mother," an exhibition organized by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in conjunction with the 2015 World Expo, will run through November 15, 2015. It will feature the painting Rapture (1945) by Dorothea Tanning.

Rapture (1945) by Dorothea Tanning.

Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, Milan
August 26 - November 15, 2015

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