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Stavanger: Natalia LL, Ewa Partum

June 15, 2018 - October 14, 2018

The Sammlung Verbund Collection

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


The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s.

Artists: Natalia LL, Ewa Partum, Helena Almeida, Sonia Andrade, Eleanor Antin, Anneke Barger, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Renate Bertlmann, Dara Birnbaum, Teresa Burga, Marcella Campagnano, Judy Chicago, Linda Christanell, Lili Dujourie, Mary Beth Edelson, Renate Eisenegger, VALIE EXPORT, Esther Ferrer, Margaret Harrison, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alexis Hunter, Sanja Ivekov, Birgit Jürgenssen, Kirsten Justesen, Auguste Kronheim, Ketty La Rocca, Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, Suzy Lake, Katalin Ladik, Brigitte Lang, Karin Mack, Ana Mendieta, Rita Myers, Lorraine O’Grady, ORLAN, Florentina Pakosta, Gina Pane, Letícia Parente, Friederike Pezold, Margot Pilz, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Suzanne Santoro, Carolee Schneemann, Lydia Schouten, Elaine Shemilt, Cindy Sherman, Penny Slinger, Annegret Soltau, Betty Tompkins, Regina Vater, Hannah Wilke, Martha Wilson, Francesca Woodman, Nil Yalter.



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 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 five sections: breaking out of one-dimensional role ascriptions as mother, housewife and wife, role-plays, locked up – breaking out, the beautiful body, 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.