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Paintings from the Louvre to mark Women in the Arts 25th anniversary

“Portrait of the Artist” in "Royalists to Romantics" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts, Rouen/Rose Adelaide Ducreux)

“Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and other French National Collections,” opens Feb. 24 as part of the museum’s anniversary celebrations. The museum has borrowed 77 paintings and sculpture, from the years 1750 to 1850, and some have never shown outside of France.

The museum opened in its landmark building at 13th and New York Avenue NW in 1987.

An adjunct to the show will be a onsite creation by dress designer Celia Reyer. Inspired by the “Royalists” show, Reyer promises to produce a classic Brunswick traveling coat on select Sundays.

As previously announced, sculptor Chakaia Booker will place four large-scale sculptures on the median in front of the museum in March. Booker is the second participant in the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, following Niki de Saint Phalle.

The museum also announced that it will feature a show of graphics from Corita Kent called “R(ad)ical Love: Sister Mary Corita.” It opens March 8.

Also in March, for its silver anniversary, the museum is showcasing the work of British and Irish women silversmiths. The artists worked from the late 17th to the early 19th century.

A special selection of the museum’s holdings of the letters of Frida Kahlo will be shown, beginning May 1. These letters are the correspondence between Kahlo and her mother in the years before her mother’s death.


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