MU­SE­UMS & GAL­LERIES

Al­ways ea­ger to learn about cur­rent en­deav­ors to em­power women, Serene Tseng checked out the new Queen­size ex­hi­bi­tion at the me Col­lec­tors Room.

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Head to the me Col­lec­tors Room for Queen­size, the gallery's first all-fe­male art ex­hi­bi­tion.

"The deeper into the ex­hi­bi­tion, the darker the sub­jects."

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ike the mu­si­cal queen Bey­oncé her­self, women de­serve to be revered and rec­og­nized for their artis­tic con­tri­bu­tions, and this year, Queen­size – Fe­male Artists from the Ol­bricht Col­lec­tion at the me Col­lec­tors Room (p. 43) presents its first- ever ex­hi­bi­tion com­pletely ded­i­cated to fe­male artists. Sym­bol­i­cally named af­ter one of the big­gest bed sizes, Queen­size aims to ex­plore con­cep­tion, birth, life, dreams, death, and the ex­pe­ri­ences in be­tween, how we see our­selves and how we wish to be seen, all through the ex­clu­sive per­spec­tive of women.

Bold and strik­ing, dark and slith­er­ing, fas­ci­nat­ing and un­set­tling, the blown glass Blood­line winds through the ex­hi­bi­tion prac­ti­cally un­der­foot, sep­a­rat­ing the photo wall from the rest of the ex­hi­bi­tion, dar­ing the viewer to step over to for­mally en­gage with the photography. Al­lud­ing to Instagram cul­ture, the qua­dratic Cham­bre Close se­ries de­fi­antly de­picts women in con­fi­dent poses tra­di­tion­ally re­served only for men, with self-as­sured, chal­leng­ing gazes.

Fol­low the Blood­line around the cor­ner, and you’ll find your­self in front of a mys­te­ri­ous- look­ing black cur­tain, be­hind which the eerie sound­track to the short film The Ex­per­i­ment (Greed) by Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg can be faintly heard. Prompt­ing crit­i­cal dis­cus­sion on in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized pa­tri­archy, the short film ex­plores the ex­tent to which mod­ern so­ci­ety can be mu­ti­lat­ing to young women. The deeper into the ex­hi­bi­tion, the darker and more se­ri­ous the sub­jects and is­sues brought forth by the works. Due to the ex­plicit con­tent, chil­dren un­der 18 must be ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or legal guardian or have per­mis­sion to visit the ex­hi­bi­tion alone. Catch the first all- fe­male ex­hi­bi­tion Queen­size at the me Col­lec­tors Room un­til 30 Au­gust.

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