NEWS: Dulwich Picture Gallery Announces Woman in the Window Exhibition

The exhibition will complete the gallery’s 2020 exhibition programme,open to the public from the 14th October.

Gerrit Dou, A Woman playing a Clavichord, c. 1665. By Permission of Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The Dulwich Picture Gallery has confirmed details of its Autumn 2020 exhibition, Woman in the Window, on display from October.

This display will explore how from ancient civilisations and Italian Renaissance paintings, to 21st century installation art, artists have portrayed different ideals, morals and fears through this subject.

Bringing together work by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramović, Edgar Degas and Howard Hodgkin the exhibition will highlight how the motif underscores issues of gender and visibility in both the history of art and in contemporary society.

Throughout, themes such as voyeurism, visibility, gender and the gaze will be focused on as seen through forty works in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, collage, contemporary photography and installation art. Highlights will include Hodgkin’s Girl by a Window (1964), Abramović’s Role Exchange (1975) and Bourgeois’ My Blue Sky (1989- 2003), as well as Dulwich Picture Gallery’s own masterpiece, Rembrandt’s Girl at a
Window (1645).

This newly announced exhibition is curated by Dr Jennifer Sliwka (King’s College London), previously celebrated for her major exhibition ‘Monochrome: Painting in Black and White’(National Gallery London, 2017-18). Talking about the exhibition she said: “Visitors will discover why the ‘woman in the window’ has been so important to different cultures at different times. The exhibition will provide insight into the ways
artists have taken up the device of the window as a kind of ‘portal’ between two realms: the real and the imagined, the sacred and the profane, between this life and the afterlife or between the public and the private.”

Woman in the Window will be on display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from the 14th October until the 17th January 2021.

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