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Mette Winckelmann “FLAGS OF FREEDOM” at Le Bicolore

30millionlesbians, 2009, © Anders Sune Berg

For her first solo exhibition in France (from 16.04.2021 to 09.06.2021) at Le Bicolore, the new cultural space at la Maison du Danemark in Paris, Mette Winckelmann has deployed the full range of her abstract, conceptual vocabulary to deliver a veritable artwork-manifesto, joining in the ongoing conversation on gender equity and issues of identity in a society where social and interpersonal bonds have become increasingly fluid.

Stop Calling Me Names, 2020.jpeg

FLAGS OF FREEDOM shines a spotlight on the troubled history of discrimination by repurposing supposedly feminine techniques like sewing, embroidery and patchwork so as to offer a counter-history of abstraction geared to gender equality and restoring arts and crafts to their rightful place in the contemporary art world. In her paintings, fabric collages, flags, ceramics, silkscreen prints and installations, the Danish artist deconstructs and revamps the rigidly defined forms and categories of abstract art by taking a mathematical approach to dealing with space, the scale of the human body and the physicality of materials.


Boundaries are pushed back, rearranged and recombined in a constantly evolving process. Drawing on a variety of cultures, traditions and social movements, the resulting artistic language, with its signals and colours, speaks to the transformations currently affecting the social fabric and identity. Geometry serves as a guiding thread for Winckelmann, who feels that mathematics reflect the underlying patterns of a society and its laws. “Grey” areas thus emerge as spaces for negotiation. Through a vocabulary containing endless possibilities, the artist expresses strong commitment. And she manifests that commitment by conjuring up the movements of struggle that have meaning for all those who aim to reinvent the world or take a stand in it.


LE BICOLORE – The cultural space at la Maison du Danemark has emerged from renovation, reborn with a new name, a new visual identity and a new layout entirely re-designed by Danish architecture group COBE. Since current health restrictions did not allow for a physical opening, Le Bicolore staged its first online exhibition “In a slow manner” from 2 February, along with a wide array of digital offers. In an increasingly digital world, Le Bicolore has been expanding its online presence, with podcasts, online articles, digital talks, virtual tours and videos all contributing to the cultural experience on offer.

The name Le Bicolore is an affectionate nod at the French flag, reaffirming the values of equality and diversity while also playing on ambiguity and leaving things constantly open to interpretation. It provides a way of looking at the world from both sides through the prism of Danish culture. The focus will be on current events, freedom of thought and contentious issues, because Le Bicolore is characterised by an inquisitive, self-questioning mindset that it encourages visitors to adopt in turn. The aim is to get you to engage in conversations that span Danish and French culture.

Le Bicolore seeks to provide a prism through which Denmark’s creative dynamics can be grasped, catalysed and reflected. In that regard, the senses and aesthetics play a role that is no less essential than encounters and debate. Our ambition is to create memorable experiences that will spark curiosity about Denmark.

Flag of Freedom 1, 2021 C Anne Mie Dreves

Mette Winckelmann


16 April – 9 June 2021

Curator: Jérôme Sans

Open to the public as soon as the health situation allows.


April 16 – June 9 2021

12 pm–6 pm every day except Monday

Free entrance

Le Bicolore / Maison du Danemark

142 avenue des Champs-Élysées

75008 Paris

Tel: 01 56 59 17 40




With the support of Arne V. Schleschs Fond, Danish Arts Foundation, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, Ny Carlsbergfondet and Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat.

Partners: Munkeruphus and Danish Art Workshops

The Public Relations Department of the Danish Embassy is available to provide further information and high-definition visuals; please contact Gitte Delcourt gitdel@um.dk // 01 44 31 21 13 or Anthony van den Bossche – Duende PR // avdb@duendepr.com 06 19 016 17 62

Images credits:

1/ 30,000,000 Lesbians, 2009

Fabric banner, 190 x 190 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

2/ Stop Calling Me Names, 2009

Transparent squares, different dimensions and variations

Photo: Mette Winckelmann

3/ We have a Body, 2011

Textile, 190 x 120 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

4/ Flags of Freedom, 2021

Textile, 620 x 30 cm

Photo: Anne Mie Dreves