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15. Jun 2018 - 14. Oct 2018

With an exhibition of works from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND collection, Stavanger Art Museum is presenting one of the most important phenomena in the art history of the 1970s—the emancipation of women artists, who for the first time in the history of art began to create their own new and collective self-determined image of women in an art world dominated by men. In line with the slogan “the private is political,” these artists reflected on stereotypical social expectations in their works.  

The exhibition is divided into four sections: breaking out of one-dimensional role ascriptions as mother, housewife and wife, role-plays, the normativity of beauty, and female sexuality. Many of the artists represented here moved away from the male-dominated genre of painting and turned to historically less predetermined media like photography, video, film, and performance. The collection director Gabriele Schor coined the concept of FEMINIST AVANTGARDE for this movement—as a way of underscoring its significance.


Curator: Gabriele Schor, Director, SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Vienna

Photo: Ulrike Rosenbach, Art is a criminal action No. 4, 1969
B/W photomontage and felt pen on barite paper  © Ulrike Rosenbach / BONO, Oslo, 2018 / The SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Vienna