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Fake Choice (l.) & Perfect Imagination // Edyta Grzyb (2017)
Fake Choice (l.) & Perfect Imagination // Edyta Grzyb (2017)
CULTURE | 16.04.2017

Art Dept.: The Exhibition “The Power of Women” at ARTMUC

Women can do art. We knew that, of course—after all, divas like Beyoncé regularly remind us of our creativity and resourcefulness with songs such as “Run the World (Girls)” or “Grown Woman”. An exhibition in Munich now provides further decorative “evidence”.

Despite some exemplary high achievers, including Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Julia Jäkel and Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler, executive suites are still mostly male bastions. And things aren’t much different in the art world. Important personalities such as Frida Kahlo, Marina Abramovich or Niki de Saint Phalle notwithstanding, it is mainly the men who hold the reins (or rather, the brush).

In Germany women’s artistic abilities were considered hardly worth mentioning as late as the turn of the twentieth century. Books on impressionism, for example, scarcely make note of the first female representatives of this art direction. As the satirical magazine Simplicissimus aptly put it at the time: “Look, miss, there are two kinds of women painters: those who want to marry, and the rest has no talent either.”

Feminine Rebellion // Astrid Stöfhas
Feminine Rebellion // Astrid Stöfhas
Lola // Monika Kaiblinger (2016)
Lola // Monika Kaiblinger (2016)

And the situation was hardly any better on the other side of the Atlantic. The American painter Margaret Keane’s husband even went so far as to take credit for her works for decades, a story covered in the film “Big Eyes”, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. At least the now 89-year-old Keane lived to see the popularity of her portraits of people and animals, which attract attention particularly thanks to their oversized doll’s eyes.

A lot of time has passed, yet much remains to be done to achieve equality in art. Gallery owner Claudia Scholz takes an important step in this direction with her platform “all you can art”. In this online gallery, besides art works from the fields of Contemporary & Concept Art, Modern & Abstract Art as well as Fine Arts, you’ll also find the category “Female Art”. Hand-picked works by artists such asAstrid Stöfhas, Monika Kaiblinger, Claudia Grögler or Edyta Grzyb can be bought or loaned directly from the site.

Fee // Claudia Grögler (2014)
Fee // Claudia Grögler (2014)

Claudia Scholz pays tribute to the strength and importance of women in art offline as well. At ARTMUC, which takes place from May 25 to 28 on the Praterinsel in Munich, she will display many of these works, and some of their creators will also be present. One might say that woman power has never had such artistic value. Or in Beyoncé’s words: “Who are we? What we run? The world!”

Oh, and one more thing, based on recent events. For the first time ever the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie in Berlin this year lists no man among its four nominated artists. Well done, Jumana Manna, Sol Calero, Iman Issa and Agnieszka Polska!

Artwork: Astrid Stöfhas, Monika Kaiblinger, Claudia Grögler, Edyta Grzyb (article teaser) / via allyoucanart.de