Edith Kramer, "The Black Eye, 1943"

The better half

During the fin de siècle, a golden age of art and culture, an artistic career for women was almost inconceivable. Many of them, above all Jewish women, were abundantly in evidence on the art scene as salonières or patrons, but found themselves barred from an official, artistic education. So it is all the more amazing how many women managed to succeed, despite the restrictions.

Painters such as Tina Blau, Broncia Koller-Pinell, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky or the ceramicists Vally Wieselthier and Susi Singer are just some of the pioneering women who chose art as their vocation in late 19th-century Vienna. They took their place in art history; many others, however, were lost in the mists of time. "The better half. Jewish female artists to 1938" is thus the title given by the Jewish Museum Vienna to its current exhibition of 44 female artists and their extraordinary educational paths and careers.

Drawing on the individual fates of Jewish female artists, the show tells of the struggle for recognition on a male-dominated art scene, as well as of highly promising careers that were interrupted by expulsion and exile, or ended forever in the extermination camps of National Socialism.

The better half. Jewish female artists to 1938

4 November 2016 - 1 May 2017

Jewish Museum Vienna (Jüdisches Museum Wien) Palais Eskeles

Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €10,00
    • Tickets offer admission to the Judenplatz Museum and Jewish Museum on Dorotheergasse
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Su - Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   162  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 110 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for visitors with special needs on request.
      Discounted admission for people with disabilities 8 Euro (1 companion free) and people with social pass/mobility pass (photographic ID required).

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and to café: no steps.


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