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Hunting is Female

Diana and Actaeon

18.04.-29.11.2020 19:00

Hunting Museum, Schloss Stainz, Schlossplatz 1, 8510 Stainz

Curated by Karlheinz Wirnsberger with Eva Kreissl
Press tour: 17.04.2020, 11 am 
Opening: 18.04.2020, 11 am
Duration: 18.04.2020-30.11.2020


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About the exhibition

Hunting was and is not a field of activity confined to men. If we research into history, we see that hunting was certainly shaped by women, too. This kind of leisure activity was a means of liberating oneself from the restraints of aristocratic social life; there was a certain latitude concerning clothing permitted to be worn: the ‘woman’ took part. But the historical development of this subject already begins in pre-history, and then continues in mythology with the hunting goddess Diana and Actaeon who was enchanted by her, and shows how hunting has developed, with the aid of selected personalities. At present, the percentage of women in hunting rises from year to year. We also look into whether and to what extent men and women pursue hunting for different reasons, or whether there is no difference.

This special exhibition is framed by the Diana and Actaeon cycle of Austrian artist Gerald Brettschuh. Current developments and discussions beyond the raised hide and habitats for wild animals, the reproductive behaviour of wild animals and the resulting social consequences in the animal world round off the subject.


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 Feather fan; Late 19th century,
Feather fan; Late 19th century,

Jay feathers, horn, photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Federfaecher.jpg (0.76 MB)

Flask, 18th century,
Flask, 18th century,

Horn, brass, wood, Diana with the nymphs in the bath and Acteon turned into a deer, photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Pulverhorn-Diana-mit-Nymphen-Acteon-Hirsch .jpg (0.22 MB)

Radschlosstschinke, Teschen around 1650,
Radschlosstschinke, Teschen around 1650,

Octagonal barrel with 87.5 cm length, total length of 114.5 cm, in the weapon lexicon (Lampl/Mahrhold 1994) described as very easy to handle and preferred as a women's weapon on small game, photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Radschlosstschinke.jpg (0.15 MB)

Flintlock rifle, about 1690,
Flintlock rifle, about 1690,

Caliber 18.8 mm, total length 114 cm, gunsmiths: Carl Pischoff A. Horn, Diana with the nymphs in the bath and Acteon turned into a deer, photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

Steinschlossbuechse-Diana-mit-Nymphen-Acteon-Hirsch.jpg (0.48 MB)

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