Birgit Jürgenssen

The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s


The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

Works from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Vienna

The group exhibition WOMAN: The Femi­nist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works from the SAMMLUNG VRBUND, Vienna, unites 450 works by 29 female artists. The history of art showed "the image of woman" as the product of male projections. In the 1970s, for the first time, female artists them­selves created "the image of woman". They studied their own bodies and grasped the prospect of determined femi­nine iden­ti­ties in a provocative, radical, poetic and ironic manner. Curator Gabriele Schor refers to this movement  as the "Femi­nist Avant-Garde" emphasi­zing the pioneering and collective role that these artists have played for the last four decades.

Helena Almeida, Eleanor Antin, Renate Bertlmann, Teresa Burga, Lili Dujourie, Mary Beth Edelson, VALIE EXPORT, Esther Ferrer, Alexis Hunter, Sanja Ivekovic, Birgit Jürgenssen, Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, Suzy Lake, Ketty La Rocca, Ana Mendieta, Rity Myers, Gina Pane, Ewa Partum, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schnee­mann, Cindy Sherman, Penny Slinger, Annegret Soltau, Hannah Wilke, Martha Wilson, Fran­cesca Woodman, Nil Yalter