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A Court Ruled an Exhibit Discriminated Against Men. Now It’s in the Women’s Restroom.

When an Australian court ruled that a museum exhibition could not be exclusive to women, its curator decided to move the paintings to the women’s restroom.

The curator, Kirsha Kaechele, had opened the exhibition “Ladies Lounge” at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania, as a space where women could “indulge in decadent nibbles, fancy tipples and other ladylike pleasures.”

But the installation was shuttered in the spring, after the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found it to be discriminatory against men. Ms. Kaechele said at the time that the discrimination was part of the point, a nod to male-only spaces in Australia.

After the ruling, Ms. Kaechele decided to get creative and move parts of the installation — including several Picasso paintings — to a women’s restroom in the museum. The museum, which is owned by her husband, had only unisex bathrooms before this week, she said on social media. Ms. Kaechele has said she plans to appeal the ruling before the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

The bathroom art appears to include a painting from Picasso’s series of works inspired by Manet’s “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe.” There is also a drawing of a nude woman hanging over a toilet.

“I just didn’t know what to do with all those Picassos” from the original exhibition, Ms. Kaechele wrote on Instagram. In the same post, she promised to have the “Ladies Lounge” installation reopened under a different pretense that complied with Australia’s anti-discrimination act.


Last modified: 27 June 2024