Birgit Jürgenssen

In the fall of 2017 the 21er Haus is dedicating a large-scale retrospective to the work of the late Austrian artist Birgit Jürgenssen (1949-2003). Her extraordinary oeuvre spans a wide variety of media including photographs, drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, and performances and has come to certain international attention only recently through few group exhibitions, small scale monographic presentations and museum acquisitions by MoMA, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris – indeed it awaits comprehensive rediscovery and acknowledgement. The first Jürgenssen monograph was published by Gabriele Schor (Verbund Collection, Vienna) and Abigail Solomon Godeau (UC Santa Barbara) in 2009 followed by the first retrospective in 2010 that situated her practice within the feminist avantgarde.

As a pioneer of “poetic-performative feminism” Jürgenssen put forward a highly original, multilayered take on what is termed “feminist art” and “explorations of womanness” at a time when the male-dominated Viennese Actionism movement was still ubiquitous. Inspired by Freudian psychoanalysis and surrealism, her fascinating body of work gives evidence of a conceptual art practice that plays with associative operations of the unconscious, poetically inverting and subverting traditional societal norms and patriarchal regulations of (fe)male normality. Exploring and inventing surreal, dreamlike constellations loaded with symbolic, semiotic and metaphoric meaning, she powerfully addressed social stereotyping, fetishism and forced domestication of women. In combination with her ironical wit and her interest in formal-esthetic aspects of material and process, Jürgenssen’s artistic position resonates far beyond the narrowly defined 1970s feminist “body art”.

The retrospective at the 21er Haus will feature several iconic pieces including important sculptures, performative photographs and drawings while especially focusing on rarely presented works and work series. The exhibition is curated by Luisa Ziaja in close collaboration with the Birgit Jürgenssen Estate Vienna.

Venue

21er Haus

Arsenalstraße 1
1030 Wien

Current Dates

Exact date will be published later

All Dates

November 2017

  • Wed. 22 Nov 2017, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 23 Nov 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 24 Nov 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 25 Nov 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 26 Nov 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 29 Nov 2017, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 30 Nov 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

December 2017

  • Fri. 01 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 08 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 09 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 10 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 16 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 20 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 21 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 22 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 23 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Wed. 27 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 28 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 30 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 31 Dec 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

January 2018

  • Wed. 03 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 04 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 05 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 06 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 07 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 10 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 11 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 12 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 13 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 14 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 17 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 18 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 19 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 20 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 21 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 24 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 25 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 26 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 27 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 28 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 31 Jan 2018, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

February 2018

  • Thu. 01 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 02 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 03 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 04 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 07 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 08 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 09 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 10 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 11 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 15 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 16 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 17 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 18 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 21 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 22 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 24 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Feb 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.