The Great Mother, 26 Aug 2015 — 15 Nov 2015
Exhibitions

The Great Mother

Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, Milan, Italy

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.
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.

With an exhibition layout that covers more than 2000 square meters on the piano nobile of Palazzo Reale – a neoclassical building which preserves many of its original decorations and period details – The Great Mother brings contemporary art into the heart of the Expo in città program, linking art history to the most pressing issues of our time. The Great Mother mixes past and present, juxtaposing contemporary art, historical works, and artifacts from the world of film and literature, and weaving a rich tapestry of associations and images.

Contacts & Details
OPENING TIMES:
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am – 7:30pm
Thu 10am – 10:30pmADMISSION:
Ticket

T: +39 02 8846 5230
M: c.mostre@comune.milano.it
Website

ADDRESS
Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, Milan, Italy

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