FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE MADE IN AUSTRIA
curated by Gabriele Schor
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For the first time, the VERBUND COLLECTION presents exclusively Austrian female pioneers of the 1970s in the exhibition FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE – MADE IN AUSTRIA. Starting on 19 February 2020, around 80 works by a total of 16 female artists can be seen in the Vertical Gallery at the VERBUND headquarters. It has been possible to see numerous new acquisitions since the highly acclaimed exhibition of the VERBUND COLLECTION at the mumok in 2017.
Against the background of the 1968 student movement, the efforts to overturn the traditional values of the war generation, as well as the ‘sexual revolution’, a second wave of the women’s movement arose in western countries. The demand to discuss so-called “private” affairs in public – such as family law, marriage, unpaid procreation work, pregnancy, abortion, divorce, violence against women – culminated in the cry: “The personal is political”. Women realised that they would achieve more by working together and began to organise themselves. Female artists founded groups, curated exhibitions with the works of female artists, wrote manifestos and pamphlets. Curator Gabriele Schor summarises: “The exhibition highlights how the Austrian female artists covered a bandwidth from actionist-provocative to poetic-performative. The latter was apparently too ‘quiet’ at the time to be perceived. Today, we can appreciate the quality of poetic-performative feminism.”
Renate Bertlmann (*1943, Vienna), Linda Christanell (*1939, Vienna), Veronika Dreier (*1954, Voitsberg/ Styria), VALIE EXPORT (*1940, Linz), Gerda Fassel (*1941, Vienna), Birgit Jürgenssen (1949–2003, Vienna), Auguste Kronheim (*1937, Amsterdam) , Brigitte Lang (*1953, Feldbach/Styria), Karin Mack (*1940, Vienna), Florentina Pakosta (*1933, Vienna), Anita Münz (*1957, Basel), Friederike Pezold (*1945, Vienna), Margot Pilz (*1936, Haarlem/Netherlands), Ingeborg G. Pluhar (*1944, Vienna), Lotte Profohs (1934–2012, Vienna), Brigitte Roth (1951–2018, Vienna)
Vertical Gallery of the VERBUND COLLECTION
Am Hof 6a
Duration of the exhibition:
19 February – 5 June 2020