Nice, France — Always luxurious and lively, the south of France and in particular the French Riviera become even more so in the heady days of summer when sun, sea, swimming and rosé wines offer the basics for glorious days surrounded by shimmering shades of blue. But the Riviera is punctuated by myriad cultural offerings, too, so The Gourmet Gazette takes you to an enticing exhibition in the city of Nice to explore the artistic creations of pioneering women artists.
There is the woman vacuuming, the intriguing and beautiful works of the Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, a still-life whose centerpiece is a green frog. For its 30th anniversary the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, known by its French acronym the MAMAC, is hosting a spectacular show about a little known face of the Pop Art movement, its women artists. Entitled She-Bam Pow POP Wizz! The Amazons of POP, the exhibition brings together some 165 works by European and North American artists focusing in on a generation of women artists who from 19961 until 1973 opened up a road less travelled by, an alternative road, and who would contribute to the story of Pop Art, one of the leading art movements of the second half of the 20th century.
The works on show are flamboyant, an array of colors of the rainbow, free and powerful with works by, among others Judy Chicago, Louise Nevelson and Rosalyn Drexler being exhibited alongside the works of Niki de Saint Phalle, the emblematic figure of the museum’s collection. Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda and Yoko Ono are among the Amazons depicted in the show. The exhibition has received the prestigious label of Exhibition of National Interest discerned by the French Ministry of Culture. The show is on until August 29th.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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