Les grandes dames de l’art

Geneviève Asse
13.10.2021

Fanny Michaëlis, Geneviève Asse, 2021
© Fanny Michaëlis

The podcast “Les grandes dames de l’art” (“Great Women of Art”) gives a voice to the female artists of the 20th century. They talk about their work, their life, the world around them, and their achievements. Let us go in search of their presence, their secrets. Let us rediscover the hidden stories of women artists through their voices.

Three episodes have already been dedicated to great abstract painters: Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Ana Eva Bergman and, Aurélie Nemours. This fourth episode, devoted to Geneviève Asse, appears a couple of weeks after her passing in August. She was 98 years old. This pioneer of abstraction had to wait until she was 40 years old for her work to be shown regularly in galleries, 65 for an exhibition in a Parisian museum (at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville), and 90 to get a retrospective of her work at the Centre Pompidou. Here is an opportunity to rediscover her clear and airy voice, simultaneously precise and poetic, just like her direct, efficient, almost monochromatic painting style (even though this is a term she rejected).

“Les grandes dames de l’art” is a podcast produced by AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, in collaboration with the Institut national de l’audiovisuel, with the support of Maison Veuve Clicquot and the Ministry of Culture’s Délégation à la transmission, aux territoires et à la démocratie culturelle.

Coordinated by: Mathilde de Croix and the AWARE team
Directed by: Élodie Royer
Music by: Juliano Gil
Credits: Andrew Nelson
Sound Editing: Basile Beaucaire
Scientific Advisors: Catherine Gonnard and Marjorie Micucci
Translation: Beth Gordon
French Voice: Camille Morineau
English Voice: Lou Doillon
Translation of the Artist’s Voice: Eve Dayre

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