Dec. 7, 2022
Women's Palette presents the groundbreaking work of twenty-four Dutch women artists who lived and worked in the vanguard of modern art during the first half of the past century. Over a hundred works by, among others, Charley Toorop, Lou Loeber, Else Berg, Jacoba van Heemskerck, and Charlotte van Pallandt will come together at the Kunsthal. What binds these artists is that they were all ambitious and talented women with a penchant for innovation. The exhibition not only sheds light on their work, but also on their lives, showing what choices they had to make and which opportunities and obstacles they encountered on their paths.
The exhibition places the work of these artists in the context of its time and shows the (im)possibilities they had to deal with in a male-dominated artworld.The artists in Women’s Palette were all part of the Dutch avant-garde and focused on experimental, new movements like expressionism, cubism and Cobra. Through their artistic work and professional careers they challenged the prevalent idea that women were only able to paint ‘charming’ subjects, like landscapes and still lives, as a pastime.
Earlier this year Museum de Wieger in Deurne and Museum Dr8888 in Drachten organised a double exhibition and alternately showed a selection of the works featured in Women’s Palette. For the very first time, the exhibition will now be shown in its entirety at Kunsthal Rotterdam