Anu Põder — Ruum minu ihu jaoks Une pièce pour mon corps Space for my body


Installation, sculpture

Anu Põder
Ruum minu ihu jaoks Une pièce pour mon corps Space for my body

Ends in 28 days: May 18 → July 13, 2019

First monographic exhibition in France

“Ruum minu ihu jaoks Une pièce pour mon corps Space for my body” is the first monographic exhibition in France of the work of Estonian artist Anu Põder (1947–2013). Ruum minu ihu jaoks is the original Estonian title of a work dating from 1995: the juxtaposed French and English versions offer two more or less literal interpretations reflecting the fresh attention her oeuvre is now attracting.

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Anu Põder, Langues, 1998 Photo © Hedi Jaansoo

Anu Põder began making sculptures and installations in the 1970s, but recognition was slow in coming, largely because she always — more or less deliberately — kept her distance from the mainstream art discourse in her home country: the Soviet sculpture of the 1980s and the post-Soviet Conceptualism of the 1990s. Over the last ten years, however, women art historians have brought feminist critical tools to bear on the interpretation of her work and are casting new light on the uniqueness of her perspective on the body and its structural constraints.

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Anu Põder, Le Motif comme Signe. Manteaux en fourrure, 1996 Peau de mouton, plastique, fil de fer, lampe — 87 × 64 × 38 cm Musée d’Art d’Estonie, Tallinn ; Photo © Hedi Jaansoo

This exhibition focuses on works from the 1990s and later, with Põder’s sculptural forms gradually fragmenting — notably via the cutting-up of fabric — into larger, more installation-like arrangements. Her unconventional use of such ephemeral materials as textiles, wax, plastic, soap, aluminum foil and food chimes with today’s materiality-oriented practices in its embodiment of the sensual paradoxes of our post-industrial economy.

Curator: Barbara Sirieix invited by Émilie Renard

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Anu Põder, Espace pour mon corps, 1995 Textile, fil de fer — 50 × 47 × 14 cm Musée d’Art de Tartu, Tartu ; Photo © Hedi Jaansoo


  • Une pièce pour l’instant : intervention dans l’exposition par des artistes invité.e.s Event Saturday, June 29 at 2 PM
  • Discussion entre Barbara Sirieix et Rebeka Põldsam, curatrice indépendante et critique d’art estonienne Meeting Saturday, June 29 5 PM → 6:30 PM
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T. 01 49 42 67 17

Opening hours

Wednesday – Saturday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Saturday, 2 PM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

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The artist

  • Anu Põder