Woman. Feminist Avantgarde in the 1970s from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection

mumok is presenting more than 300 artworks from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND collection that show how women artists in the 1970s first began to collectively redefine their own “image of woman.” As this significant artistic movement has been neglected in art histories to date, the collection director, Gabriele Schor, coined the term ”feminist avant-garde” and introduced it into art-historical discourse—with the aim of highlighting these artists’ pioneering work. Schor thus extended the avantgarde canon hitherto dominated by men.

In the 1970s women artists emancipated themselves from the roles of muse and model, rejecting their status as objects in order to assert themselves as subjects actively participating in social and political processes. One-dimensional role ascriptions as mothers, homemakers, or wives were radically challenged—often using irony. Key themes were female sexuality, women’s own bodies, clichés and stereotypical images of women, the dictate of beauty, and violence against women. The women artists of this generation were united in their committed rejection of traditional normative notions, even if they did not all know each other.

At a time when civil rights and women’s movements were gaining ground, women’s issues were increasingly the subject of public debate. One important slogan was “the private is political,” gaining women and their quasi-private concerns greater influence and resonance in public life. They set up feminist networks, organized exhibitions, wrote manifestoes, and founded numerous journals and magazines. In their art, they made strategic use of historically “untainted” media such as photography, video, and film. Performances and actions were also preferred means of expression—as a contrast to the male-dominated genre of painting.

The exhibition shows works by 47 European, North American and South American women artists, including Eleanor Antin, Helena Almeida, Lynda Benglis, Renate Bertlmann, Lynda Christanell, Lili Dujourie,VALIE EXPORT, Sanja Ivekovic, Birgit Jürgensson, Ketty La Rocca, Karin Mack, Ana Mendieta, Rita Myers, Orlan, Gina Pane, Ewa Partum, Margot Pilz, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Hannah Wilke und Martha Wilson.

Current Dates

  • Sun. 23 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 24 Jul 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 25 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 26 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 27 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 28 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 29 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 30 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 31 Jul 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 01 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

August

  • Wed. 02 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 03 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 04 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 05 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 06 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 07 Aug 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 08 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 09 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 10 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 11 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 12 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 13 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 14 Aug 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 15 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 16 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 17 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 18 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 19 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 20 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 21 Aug 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 22 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 23 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 24 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 25 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 26 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 27 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 28 Aug 2017, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 29 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 30 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 31 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

September

  • Fri. 01 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.