04 November 2011 - 15 January 2012
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes
10, rue Georges-Clemenceau
While moving chronologically through the collection as a whole from the 17th to the 21st century, the exhibition adopts an innovative stance. Chosen by director/curator Blandine Chavanne in collaboration with the heads of the individual collections, the works centre on the singular, the unexpected, the murky, the elusive – the unbearable, even. Freud's concept is used more as a methodological tool than a central idea, homing in on the paradoxicality, the contradictoriness, the tension and the ambivalence of the exhibits; in a multi-thematic context it triggers thinking about the power of the imaginary and the visionary, sometimes via recourse to surprising associations.
Sophy Rickett's iconic 1995 series Pissing Women will be exhibited.