Laure Prouvost in 'Women and Change' at Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj
3 February 2022
Opening at Arken Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj, Denmark on 5 February, the exhibition 'Women and Change' unfolds how Western art history has depicted women, from the Modern Breakthrough of the late nineteenth century to the most recent contemporary art.
In a wealth of works of art by Danish and international artists, the exhibition explores how artists have, over the course of the past 150 years, reflected, responded to and resisted changing perceptions of both women and gender: from Impressionist portraits to performative body art; to lush studies of nudes; to critical examinations of how history is written.
Laure Prouvost's We Will Feed You Together Fountain (For Global Warming) (2019) is a sculptural freestanding fountain composed of layers of breasts made from pink and brown venetian glass. Through its titular reference to global warming, the work offers up a ridiculous proposition for a future solution to the deeply problematic issue. While whimsical in appearance, the abundance of disembodied breasts addresses ideas of identity, gender and race which are inherent to wider global concerns.
This fountain is reflexively contemplating how we can conserve water by recycling it through humours means as well as lamenting on the possible dystopian future that awaits us all.
Find further information on the exhibition here.
Installation view of Laure Prouvost, We Will Feed You Together Fountain (For Global Warming) (2019) at Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark © Laure Prouvost, courtesy Arken. Photography by David Stjernholm.