Woman emerges from a shell

The new role of women

In the 1970s, female artists emancipated themselves from the role of muse and model. They also emancipated themselves from their status as ‘objects’ towards a self-determined subject who actively participates in social and political processes. The stereotypically assigned roles of mother, homemaker and wife were radically questioned by means of irony. Central themes were the discovery of female sexuality, the use of one’s own body, breaking through stereotypical images of women, the dictates of beauty, as well as creating awareness of violence against women. The rejection of traditional, normative ideas about how a woman has to live connects the commitment of the artists of this generation.

The exhibition "Woman. Feminist avant-garde of the 1970s from the Verbund Collection” is not an exhibition about women, but one about a theme. It brings together a total of 48 artists who were born between 1930 and 1958. Eight of them are Austrians: VALIE EXPORT, Birgit Jürgenssen, Renate Bertlmann, Linda Christanell, Brigitte Lang, Karin Mack, Friederike Pezold and Margot Pilz.

Woman. Feminist avant-garde of the 1970s from the Verbund Collection


mumok – museum of modern art ludwig foundation vienna in the MuseumsQuartier

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
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  • Opening times

    • Mo, 14:00 - 19:00
    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
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    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 90 cm wide and 140 cm low
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      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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      Main and side entrance as well as restaurant/café: accessible via elevator.

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