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Out of the Gynaeceum: A New Look at Ancient Greek Society

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Clichés about ancient Greece abound. The conventional wisdom is that women were cloistered—veiled or kept hidden from view in a gynaeceum, unable to hold either civic office or public position. Deprived of education and culture, they are said to have lived in the shadow of men, in a misogynistic society. Without underestimating the inequality that existed between men and women, the goal of this exhibit is to offer a different view of ancient Greece

Rose Valland, on “the Art Front”

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Rose Valland (1898-1980) went long unrecognised as a Resistance fighter. An art historian and later curator of the Musée du Louvre, she witnessed the shipping of 4,174 crates and 20,000 works of art from the Musée du Jeu de Paume to Germany.

Risking her life, she kept notes of the looting and spoliations, informing the Resistance of the movement of Nazi dignitaries, and helped prevent Allied bombings of the sites where art works were hidden.

"Like the delayed rays of a star": Photographs of Eurasian women “repatriated” to France (1947-2020)

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During the French colonial period in Indochina, tens of thousands of mixed-race children were born out of sexual relations between foreign men (settlers, officials, soldiers, etc.) and native Vietnamese women. Over the course of decolonization, between the 1940s and the 1960s, some 5000 Eurasian children, including 2000 girls, were separated from their mothers and sent to France. The goal of this forced migration was to assimilate these children into metropolitan French society. The following exhibit focuses on the key role photographs played in the event of separation—which was a rupture of the mother/daughter relationship—and in how Eurasian women constructed themselves as subjects.