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17 September 2021

This display at the Fondation Beyeler (19 September–2 January 2022) presents portraits and self-portraits from a group of nine women painters, spanning from 1870 to the present day – from Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt to Marlene Dumas and Cindy Sherman. It considers the different ends to which each of these artists adapted the genre, using it as a lens through which to perceive the particularities of their society – whether Lotte Laserstein in Weimar Berlin, or Frida Kahlo in post-revolutionary Mexico – while also considering the broader shifts in figurative painting by women over the last 150 years. Find out more from the Beyeler’s website.

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La Psyché (The Psychic Mirror) (1876), Berthe Morisot.

La Psyché (The Psychic Mirror) (1876), Berthe Morisot. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Self-Portrait: The Frame (1938), Frida Kahlo.

Self-Portrait: The Frame (1938), Frida Kahlo. Photo: Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/image Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI; © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, México D.F./2021, ProLitteris, Zurich

Hartley on the Rocking Horse (1943), Alice Neel.

Hartley on the Rocking Horse (1943), Alice Neel. © The Estate of Alice Neel

Teeth (2018), Marlene Dumas.

Teeth (2018), Marlene Dumas. Photo: Kerry McFate; courtesy the artist and David Zwirner; © Marlene Dumas

Me and My Model (1929–30), Lotte Laserstein.

Me and My Model (1929–30), Lotte Laserstein. © 2021, ProLitteris, Zurich