until 22.02. | #2595ARTatBerlin | Salongalerie Die Möwe shows from 25th October 2019 in the exhibition The Feminine Statement. Female Artists in the XXth Century.
In its new exhibition “The Feminine Statement. Female Artists in the XXth Century” from 25 October 2019 to 22 February 2020, the Berlin Salon Galerie ” Die Möwe ” pays tribute to a historic event: the opening of German art academies to women 100 years ago. Because with the equal rights of women and men according to the Weimar Constitution, women could also study here from 1919 without restrictive conditions. This professional education offered them the opportunity to turn their art into a profession that would secure their livelihood and to gain public recognition – even though there were still numerous social prejudices and hurdles to a successful career.
For many women visual artists in Germany, the years of the Weimar Republic were a time of departure and emancipation. Thus the painters Lotte Laserstein (1898-1993), Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976) and Erna Schmidt-Caroll (1896-1964) belonged to the first generation of women who attended or taught an art academy. Johanna Schütz-Wolff (1896-1965) also worked as head of the newly established textile class and handloom after her studies at the school for craftsmen and arts and crafts in Halle/Saale (Burg Giebichenstein) from 1920. From the end of the 1920s, her pictorial knitting, which was often oriented towards Expressionism, received great public recognition. The period of National Socialism also represented a major turning point for her. After 1945 Johanna Schütz-Wolff increased the formal language she found in the 1920s and designed woodblock prints and later monotypes, which were characterized by increasing abstraction and reduction. These works, in which the message of the picture is highly condensed, form the crowning conclusion of her work as a closed group of works, from which the gallery shows, among others, the woodblock print “Mann und Pferd” (Man and Horse) from 1957.
The sculptors Marg (Margarethe) Moll (1884-1977) and Renée Sintenis (1888-1965) belonged to those women who after their training turned with self-confidence and courage to the supposedly “most unfeminine of all arts”. Open-minded to new styles and with a passion for experimentation, they successfully found their artistic expression in modern sculpture and made a major contribution to the increasing acceptance of women’s art by the end of the 1920s. Also represented are sculptures by Louise Stomps (1900-1988), who took part in her first exhibitions at the beginning of the 1930s after studying at the Berlin Academy of Art. As one of the representatives of Berlin Modernism, she belonged to the first generation of freelance female sculptors in Germany and is regarded as an early representative of organic abstraction. In contempt and rejection of the National Socialist regime, she decided to emigrate internally and accepted a life full of privation. After 1945 she made an independent contribution to German post-war art with her formally rigorous oeuvre. The bronze ” Göttin” gives an impression of her ability in the exhibition.
In addition to the aforementioned artists, the exhibition also brings together outstanding works by Iris Hahs-Hoffstetter, Dorothea Behrens, Ilse Fehling, Else Hertzer, Maria Heckert-Fechner, and Bettina Encke von Arnim, whose lives and works have only recently begun to play a role in art historiography or are still to be discovered. In addition, works by the graphic artist and tapestry weaver Inge Flierl will also be presented.
The Salon Gallery thus provides an insight into the creative potential of around 15 female artists and illustrates their independent contribution to the development of modern art through creativity, willingness to take risks and assertiveness.
A preview of the exhibition is possible by arrangement.
Vernissage: Friday, 25 October 2019, 18:00 Uhr – Laudator: Art historian Dr. Ingrid von der Dollen,
Exhibition period: Friday, 25 October to Saturday, 22nd February 2020Zur Salongalerie Die Möwe
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