Through a series of artworks, Portrait of a Lady illustrates the various forms of representation of women from prehistoric times to today, as well as the more specific journeys of a few exceptional women. Grouping a selection of ancient and contemporary pieces, the exhibition will establish a dialogue between different cultures and civilizations from the East and the West.
This project aims to honour the portraits of both renowned and unknown women from long ago to today. In addition to historical figures, the artworks convey images of Greece and Africa, with insights into the stories of the Queen of Sheba and Dido, Queen of Carthage. From the personification of fertility to the representations of courtesans and empresses, the exhibition endeavours to shed light on the different views and interpretations of women through the ages.
Participating artists: François Aubertin, Balthus, Valérie Belin, Maurice Émile Blieck, Elina Brotherus, Lisetta Carmi, Mary Cassatt, Julie Chaffort, Chaza Charafeddine, Jacques Charlier, Fernand Cormon, Johan Creten, Gustave De Smet, Léon De Smet, Felix De Vigne, Edgar Degas, Paul Delvaux, Margret Eicher, Empathy Museum, James Ensor, Lalla Essaydi, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Sylvie Fleury, Michel François, Konstanty Gorski, Karin Hanssen, Jean Hélion, Charles Hermans, Hubert Gauthier, Hideko Inoue, Seydou Keïta, William Klein, Ariane Loze, Rania Matar, Henri Matisse, Fatima Mazmouz, Jan Metsys, Henri Meunier, Constantin Meunier, Sandro Miller, Berthe Morisot, Alphonse Mucha, Rosalind Nashashibi, Sofia Pashaei, Constant Permeke, Pablo Picasso, Irina Rasquinet, Walter Herbert Roe, Jan-Albertus Rootius, Ferdinand Roybet, Charles Sandison, Thomas Schütte, Cindy Sherman, Lucy Skaer, Pierre Tal-Coat, Rosemarie Trockel, Albrecht Tübke, Edgar Tytgat, Iris Van Dongen, Joanna Vasconcelos, Eva Verbeeck, Katrien Vermeire, Gustaf Wappers, Jonathan Wateridge.
Curator: Louma Salamé