press release

The exhibition Women Artists of the Avant-garde 1920-1940 presents eight Avant-garde women artists and their wide-ranging artistic works. It is the first time that their works are on show together. The aim is to present the similarities, differences and relationships in the life and work of these artists and to widen the art-related perspective on the historical Avant-garde in the Europe of the 1920s and 1930s. The idea of the exhibition is to shed light on new facets of the period and to show how this group of artists made crucial contributions to the aesthetic innovations that took place in those years.

With their exhibitions and artist circles, great European cities like Berlin, Zürich and Paris in particular had established themselves as metropoles for the Avant-garde. These were the cities where the intellectual and artistic exchanges took place, and where the eight artists made their bases and developed their works – in the melting-pot of influences, new ideas, artistic experiments and challenges.

Approx. 200 works are included in the exhibition showing the variety of aesthetic movements from Dada through Constructivism to Surrealism, and the presentation attempts to show and to put into perspective similarities and connections among the artists in question, who expressed themselves in painting, photography, collage, design, film and sculpture. The exhibition is both thematic and biographical, and pinpoints the distinctive careers and characteristics of the artists.

The exhibition has been created in collaboration with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Women Artists of the Avant-garde 1920-1940 14 February - 28 May 2012 Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943), Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), Hannah Höch (1889-1978), Florence Henri (1893-1982), Claude Cahun (1894-1954), Dora Maar (1907-1997), Katarzyna Kobro (1898-1951) and Germaine Dulac (1882-1942).

Women Artists of the Avant-garde 1920-1940
Kurator: Mette Marcus

Künstlerinnen: Hannah Höch, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Sonia Delaunay, Claude Cahun, Dora Maar, Florence Henri, Katarzyna Kobro, Germaine Dulac

22.10.11 - 15.01.12 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf
14.02.12 - 28.05-12 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art