"I joined the Centre Pompidou Paris in 2008, right on time for a watershed moment in the institution's history as it opened the new rehang of the collection dedicated to the women artists in its collection. All its treasured holdings of the great modern masters, all white males, were moved out of the permanent gallery to allow for a striking "women only" presentation of the collection. The heated debates that it provoked gradually made room for the collective realisation of the real and genuine bias that has prevailed in the history of art when assessing the contribution of women artists. That display of the collection, curated by Camille Morineau and her colleagues at the Pompidou proved a trailblazing event. I was proud that we could travel that exhibition to Seattle and then on to Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte in Brasil where President Dilma Roussef made of point of opening it to the public. It certainly was an eye-opener for me on the need for a conscious effort to redress that gender bias and allow women artists more exposure and the same careful examination of their work. Which I am thrilled to be invited to do here on Speciwomen"
Alexandre Colliex holds an Agrégation, university teaching degree, in English literature as well as a BA in History. He wrote his Master dissertation in Art history on the painting of Francis Bacon at Emmanuel College – Cambridge University.
Colliex served as advisor on the private staff of the French Minister of foreign trade and was then appointed Cultural attaché at the French embassy in Canada, based in Toronto. Following to this, he was director of International relations for the Pays de la Loire region and then Head of international exhibitions and projects at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
More recently, he was managing director of the Giacometti Foundation in Paris and director of the CTF Art Museum project, the first privately funded contemporary art museum in Hong Kong where he is still active with arts and exhibition projects.
Alexandre Colliex was a guest speaker at BYU in 2017 and is currently curating exhibitions in Morocco and teaching a museum studies course in Paris.
Portrait of Mariam Abouzid Souali
From Tetouan to Duchamp : an artist across the ocean.
Working museums his whole life, Alexandre Colliex has become more and more aware of the gender gap and inequalities of the art world. Colliex wrote to Speciwomen about "the need for a conscious effort to redress that gender bias and allow women artists more exposure and a careful examination of their work". Colliex then composed a piece for Together that we are pleased to share with our readers: the wonderful portrait of multi-talented Moroccan artist Mariam Abouzid Souali.