Femme fatale: Gaze – Power – Gender
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Galerie der Gegenwart
December 9, 2022 – April 9, 2023

In the late nineteenth century, artists and writers displayed a fascination with the femme fatale – a certain type of woman that embodied in the male imagination a seductive but often deadly form of femininity. Starting with the ethereal images of women by the English Pre-Raphaelite painters and moving on to the salon paintings of the fin de siècle, the exhibition goes on to illustrate how in the course of the twentieth century the fantasy of the femme fatale was then projected onto real female figures in theatre and film.

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