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Ladies and Gentlemen

The Fragile Feminist We

15.10.2021-30.10.2022


Neue Galerie Graz, Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz

 

Curated by Gudrun Danzer und Günther Holler-Schuster
Opening: 14.10.2021, 7 pm
Press tour: 13.10.2021, 11 am
Duration: 15.10.2021–30.10.2022

 

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About the exhibition

With the exhibition Ladies First! the Neue Galerie Graz undertook an attempt in 2020/21 at a historical snapshot of local women artists from 1850 to 1950. The title of the follow-up exhibition ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ is also taken from the context of chivalry – while the high-sounding empty phrases are both popular and represent a provocation, they are intended to provide easy access to the subject.

 

The exhibition, which considers the period beginning in the present day reaching back to the 1960s, is international in perspective and based on the collection at the Neue Galerie Graz. The exhibition and collection history has resulted in differing priorities and nuances in terms of content, which, parallel to the general development, can be placed within the context of the feminism and gender debate. The fact that several ‘gentlemen’ are now mingling with the ‘ladies’ is thanks to the current discussion, as well as the specific exhibition history of the Neue Galerie Graz. In 1979, the Neue Galerie Graz, within the framework of the trigon Biennale, reacted to the so-called New Women’s Movement, in which female visual artists had been heavily involved internationally, with the exhibition masculin feminin. At the trigon ’79, however, one already followed the notions of the equality of the sexes, inviting female and male artists to participate in roughly equal measure.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen has now set itself the task of offering insight into essential social discourses of the last half-century to the present day – specifically, into those of feminism, gender studies and queer theory. That this undertaking must perforce remain fragmentary, making no claims to completeness whatsoever, is self-evident, given the scope and complexity of this discourse. Rather, examples of formulations are on show that shed light and comment upon the discussion, both historical and present-day. Divided into five loosely-structured themes, the exhibition shows both international and Austrian positions from different generations, some of the works being well-known, others almost forgotten today.

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Material


Urs Lüthi, „Tell me who stole your smile (self portait)”, 1974,
Urs Lüthi, „Tell me who stole your smile (self portait)”, 1974,

offset lithography from 8-part series, 44,2 x 32,5 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


Urs-Luethi-Tell-me-who-stole-your-smile-1974.jpg (2.45 MB)

Andy Warhol „Ladies and Gentlemen“ (from a 10-part series), 1975,
Andy Warhol „Ladies and Gentlemen“ (from a 10-part series), 1975,

Silkscreen on paper, 109 x 72,2 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Poto: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Licensed by Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


Andy-Warhol-Ladies-and-Gentlemen-1975.jpg (1.97 MB)

Birgit Jürgenssen „Schuhabsätze“ ("Heels"), 1976,
Birgit Jürgenssen „Schuhabsätze“ ("Heels"), 1976,

b/w-photography, 21 x 25 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Poto: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © Estate Birgit Jürgenssen/Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


Birgit-Juergenssen-Schuhabsaetze-1976.jpg (1.14 MB)

Elga Maly „The Lady with the cut legs“, 1969,
Elga Maly „The Lady with the cut legs“, 1969,

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Elga-Maly-The-Lady-with-the-cut-legs-1969.jpg (1.96 MB)

Lisa Reiter, „ohne Titel“ ("untitled"), 2016,
Lisa Reiter, „ohne Titel“ ("untitled"), 2016,

fine pantihose on copper pipe, 125 x 250 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Lisa Reiter, © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


Lisa-Reiter-ohne-Titel-2016.jpg (1.53 MB)

Louise Bourgeois, „Anatomy“, 1990,
Louise Bourgeois, „Anatomy“, 1990,

drypoint, Bl. 50 x 35 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © The Easton Foundation/Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


Louise-Bourgeois-Anatomy-1990.jpg (1.43 MB)

Maryam Mohammadi, „Talisman“ (from 7-part series), 2016,
Maryam Mohammadi, „Talisman“ (from 7-part series), 2016,

color photo (digital double exposure), 100 x 70 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Maryam Mohammadi


Maryam-Mohammadi-Talisman-2016.jpg (1.67 MB)

Nicole Tran Ba Vang, „untitled 05 (from: Collection printemps/été 2001)“, 2001,
Nicole Tran Ba Vang, „untitled 05 (from: Collection printemps/été 2001)“, 2001,

color photo on diasec/dibond/aluminium, 120 x 120 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


Nicole-Tran-Ba-Vang-ohne-Titel-2001.jpg (2.64 MB)

Renate Bertlmann, „Messerschnullerhände“ (knife dummy hands") , 1981,
Renate Bertlmann, „Messerschnullerhände“ (knife dummy hands") , 1981,

silver gelatine on baryt, 40 x 31,5 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


Renate-Bertlmann-Messerschnullerhaende-1981.jpg (0.84 MB)

Shirin Neshat, „untitled (from the series "Women of Allah")“, 1996,
Shirin Neshat, „untitled (from the series "Women of Allah")“, 1996,

silver gelatine print and ink, 166 x 122 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © Shirin Neshat, Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brüssel


Shirin-Neshat-ohne-Titel-1996.jpg (1.73 MB)

Soli Kiani, „untitled (Nr. 5 from the series "Breathe")“, 2020,
Soli Kiani, „untitled (Nr. 5 from the series "Breathe")“, 2020,

silver gelatine print laminated on aluminium, framed, 72 x 72 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Soli Kiani


Soli-Kiani-ohne-Titel-2020.jpg (0.97 MB)

Sonja Gangl, „Supra-Linien # 15“, 2019,
Sonja Gangl, „Supra-Linien # 15“, 2019,

acrylic on Belgian linen, 118 x 272,9 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


Sonja-Gangl-Supra-Linien-Nr.15-2019.jpg (1.22 MB)

VALIE EXPORT, „Zyklus zur Zivilisation“, 1972,
VALIE EXPORT, „Zyklus zur Zivilisation“, 1972,

b/w-photo from 12-part series, 49,8 x 39,7 cm, Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner, © VALIE EXPORT/Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


VALIE-EXPORT-Zyklus-zur-Zivilisation-1972.jpg (1.35 MB)

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