The Regional Museum of Resistance and Deportation is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Josephine Baker until October 29.
The exhibition in question is called “Josephine, A Life of Obligations”. Plural. It highlights the complex character of Josephine Baker (1906-1975). Dancer, singer, magazine leader, film actress, committed woman, resister, mother… Josephine Baker was all of those at the same time. However, nothing was appreciated for this poor baby boy, born in the black neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, on June 3, 1906, in view of the spectacle. After making a promising appearance in the first edition of Revue noire in New York, Josephine Baker arrived in Paris in 1925 and left an anti-black country. In the French capital, the young woman feels free afterwards. She was immediately victorious at the Revue Nègre, at Théâtre des Champs-Elysée. In colonial France at that time, Josephine Baker was very popular, we only talked about her, and she was asked to play the African.
Icon captured by everyone in Paris
1930s Modernist icon Josephine Baker has been a source of inspiration for many artists, as evidenced by the sketches of Corbusier, Henri Lorenz and Paul Collin, presented at the Museum of Toulouse. For her part, the artist uses her body and image as tools to claim and assert her freedom as a woman and a mixed gender.
This weekend: Open days
This weekend, open days at the County Museum of Resistance and Deportation, with:
Saturday 25 June:
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Art workshops on the values that Josephine Baker holds in her struggle for human rights, and on her impact in the world of art and fashion.
2 p.m.: Akio Balon Baker, Josephine’s son, will discuss with the audience.
– 6 pm: Jazz concert with Le petit Orléans
– Sunday: Guided tours of the gallery at 11 am, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm.
Exhibition “Josephine Baker, Life of Obligations”, from 25 June to 29 October at the Regional Museum of Resistance and Deportation, 52 Allée des Demoiselles, in Toulouse. Admission is free, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Information and reservations: 05 34 33 17 40. musee-resistance.haute-garonne.fr
This exhibition evokes other aspects of the artist, highlighting his commitment since the beginning of World War II, with soldiers mobilized to the fore. Unexpected excerpts from his correspondence with General de Gaulle will be discovered on this occasion.
How can we mention Josephine Bayer without mentioning Milland Palace in the Dordogne, where she settled in 1940 and founded the “Rainbow Tribe” that fights for equality and peace among peoples.
Josephine Baker died in 1975, after 50 years in the business. This exhibition is an opportunity to discover new works from private collections or on loan from museums: posters, photographs, sculptures, pendants, dresses and even her hair gel (Baker Fix)…. We also see rare footage of Toulouse photographer Germaine Shumel immortalizing Josephine Baker during her visit to Toulouse in 1938.
In short, here we have a colorful retrospective. Like Josephine Baker!