Does it still make sense today to mount exhibitions of art exclusively by women artists? How have previous exhibitions of women's art contributed to building recognition for women's creative endeavors?

In conjunction with the exhibition Il cielo è grande spazio / The Sky Is a Great Space, which presents the oeuvre of Marisa Merz, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg will host a symposium to examine the women artists’ exhibition as a format. The discussion will explore groundbreaking shows in history as well as more recent examples. In 1975, the artist VALIE EXPORT presented the exhibition Magna at Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna. Ten years later, she and the curator Silvia Eiblmayr and others organized Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn, a show at what was then Vienna’s Museum of the 20th Century. WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, an exhibition project initiated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2007 under the direction of the curator Cornelia Butler, presented a first comprehensive survey of feminist positions and their global impact between 1960 and 1980. Most recently, curators have unearthed the lives of Viennese women artists active between the turn of the century and 1938.

The symposium will address these and many other examples in light of current debates: in another first, the presentation in the Austrian pavilion at the upcoming 58th Biennale di Venezia (2019) will be devoted to a single woman artist; and for the past four years, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg has had a programming focus on solo exhibitions of art by women.

Speakers and Topics

Sabine Breitwieser
became Director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in September 2013. She previously served as Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010–2013), and as Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Generali Foundation in Vienna (1988–2007). Breitwieser has organized numerous and, in some instances, first retrospectives of women artists including, recently, Carolee Schneemann, Andrea Fraser, Simone Forti, Ana Mendieta, and Isa Genzken.

Connie Butler
has served as Chief Curator of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, since July 2013. She was previously Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art (2006–2013), New York, where she co-curated the first major Lygia Clark retrospective in North America and co-edited the publication Modern Women: Women Artists. She curated the groundbreaking exhibition WACK! for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she was curator from 1996 to 2006; the show subsequently traveled to numerous other institutions.

Silvia Eiblmayr
is a curator for contemporary art and lives in Vienna. She was Director of the Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (1998–2008), and Director of the Salzburger Kunstverein (1993–1995), and curated exhibitions such as The Wounded Diva. Hysteria, Body, Technology in 20th Century Art (2000) and Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn (1985, with VALIE EXPORT). In 2009, she and VALIE EXPORT directed the Austrian Pavilion at the 53th Biennale di Venezia. She has written and published widely on contemporary art; a key book is Die Frau als Bild. Der weibliche Körper in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts (1993/2003).

is an artist based in Vienna. In 1967, she adopted the name VALIE EXPORT as a conceptual statement and artistic label. She co-founded the Austrian Filmmakers Cooperative in Vienna and took part in many important international exhibitions, including documenta 6 (1977) and the Austrian pavilion at the 1978 and 1980 Venice Biennales. She taught at numerous international institutions and was professor of multimedia performance art at the Media Art Academy in Cologne (1995—2005). VALIE EXPORT received numerous awards including, in 2000, the Oskar Kokoschka prize. In 2009, she and Silvia Eiblmayr co-directed the Austrian Pavilion at the 53th Biennale di Venezia.

Sabine Fellner
studied art history and history at the University of Vienna and the Sorbonne in Paris. She was Curator of the Austrian Tobacco Museum (1989–1992) and has been a curator for the Austria Tabak / JTI collection and freelance curator and writer since 1998. She has published widely on vernacular culture and Austrian art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, working for the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, the Nordico Stadtmuseum, Linz, the Forum Frohner, Krems, the Leopold Museum, Vienna, and the Belvedere, Vienna.

Andrea Winklbauer
studied art history and works as an art, film, and cultural historian and art critic for Neue Zürcher Zeitung and other periodicals. Since 2008, she has been Curator at the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna, where she designed exhibitions starting in 1992; she has also curated shows at the Belvedere, Vienna, the Kunstforum, Vienna, the Kunsthalle Krems, and other institutions. Her research focuses on the mutual influence between art, photography, and film as well as nineteenth-century Austrian art, turn-of-the-century Vienna, the interwar period, and exile. She has published widely on art, art history, photography, and film.

Program Overview
Friday, May 25, 2018

3 p.m.
Welcome and introduction
Sabine Breitwieser
Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg

3.30 p.m.
Creating an environment as a woman artist
On Magna (1975) and Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn (1985)

4 p.m.
Group or solo: on feminist exhibition strategies for women artists
Silvia Eiblmayr
Curator, Vienna
From Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn (1985) to Ana Lupas (2008)

4.30 p.m.
The Feminist Revolution
Connie Butler
Chief Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, US
On WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007—2009)

5 p.m.
Shedding new light on forgotten women artists
Andrea Winklbauer, Curator, Jewish Museum Vienna
Sabine Fellner, Curator, Vienna
On The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Before 1938 (2016—2017)
and Vienna's Shooting Girls. Jewish Women Photographers from Vienna (2012—2013)

5.30—6 p.m.
Panel discussion

Admission €2
The symposium will be held in English.
Confirmed reservation is recommended due to limited seating:



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