Lost Women Art

Lost Women Art

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Saturday 18 June

14.00-16.00, 16.30-18.30

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Women are rarely mentioned as trailblazers of new art styles. This two-part documentary questions this omission, (re-)introduces us to forgotten women artists and re-tells art history.

Women have always written art history and worked at eye-level with their male contemporaries. Together they claimed new paths and caused sensations – but despite this neither their names nor their works are known today. Today women play minor roles in art history and are rarely mentioned as trailblazers of new art styles.

Lost Women Art explores the mechanisms of this systematic omission of highly-talented artists. In two parts, the documentary takes a look at the forgotten artists, tells the story of the suppressed female avantgarde and by doing so re-tells art history.

Episode 1: From Impressionism to Abstraction The first part tells of women artists entering art history in the 19th century . Excluded from art schools, female artists stubbornly conquered the Paris painting salons, organized themselves into female artists’ associations and emancipated themselves from models to artists. Featuring the stories of inspiring artists such as Berthe Morisot, Suzanne Valadon, Julie Wolfthorn, Helene Funke, Ida Gerhardi, Jelka Rosen, Natalya Goncharova and Hilma af Klint, art history is retold from impressionism to abstraction.

Episode 2: From the New Vision to the Feminist Avant-garde The second part introduces female artists who are self-confidently studying at art academies, forming new innovative groups of artists and conquering new art forms. But the Second World War in Europe creates a deep caesura; countless artists are forgotten and early emancipation of women is set back by decades. But female artists assert themselves against all odds and make inequality and gender constructs the subject of their new art. With Germaine Krull, Leonora Carrington, Lotte Laserstein, Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler, Charlotte Salomon, Elisabeth Voigt, Kiki Kogelnik and Valie Export, this episode is dedicated to female artists from the New Vision to the feminist avant-garde. Germany 2021, 2 x 52 minutes. Written and directed by Susanne Radelhof.

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Lost Women Art