Woman: Feminist Avant‑Garde of the 1970s

mumok, Vienna
Until 3 September 2017

Suzy Lake, "Imitations of Myself", 1973/2012 © Suzy Lake / SAMMLUNG VERBUND

The exhibition of works from the Sammlung Verbund collection presents one of the most important phenomena in the art 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 (including Austrians) represented here moved away from the male‑dominated genre of painting and turned to historically less predetermined media like photography, video, film, and performance.

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