MAGNA FEMINISMUS: KUNST UND KREATIVITÄT, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, 1975

Artists (Exhibition): Hilde Absalon, Renate Bertlmann, Friedl Bondy, VALIE EXPORT, Birgit Jürgenssen, Maria Lassnig, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Meina Schellander, Karin Schöffauer, Dorothy Iannone, Franca Sacchi, Rebecca Horn, Muriel Olesen, Ulrike Rosenbach, and Katharina Sieverding

Curated by: VALIE EXPORT

Dimensions:  23 x 21.1 cm

Further Information: The exhibition Magna Feminismus: Kunst und Kreativität took place at Galerie nächst St. Stephan in Vienna. Additionally the invitation presents the 21st International Art Talk, marking the end of the exhibition. The four-day program included discussion groups, lectures and film screenings. Both the exhibition and the conference were intended to provide “an overview of female sensitivity, imagination, projection, and problems, suggested by a tableau of pictures, objects, photos, lectures, discussions, readings, films, video tapes and actions.”

The video artist VALIE EXPORT, who initiated both the exhibition and the conference, explains in the catalogue’s introduction that the women movement in the US had inspired her to prepare the international conference in Austria. In 1972 she contacted the director of Galerie nächst St. Stephan, who vaguely agreed to host the conference. After postponing the show several times, it was first in 1974 the new director of the gallery Prof. Oberhuber agreed to realize the project.

The initial idea was compromised, as the exhibition focused on works by Austrian artists , such as Hilde Absalon, Renate Bertlmann, Friedl Bondy (Kubelka), Birgit Jürgenssen, Maria Lassnig, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Meina Schellander and Karin Schöffauer. Additionally, music was played by Dorothy Iannone und Franca Sacchi, as well as video works by VALIE EPXORT, Rebecca Horn, Muriel Olesen, Friederike Pezold, Ulrike Rosenbach and Katharina Sieverding were being screened.. The conference added an international perspcetive.

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Conference Program: 21. Internationales Kunstgespräch MAGNA FEMINISMUS

April 2, 1975, 8 p.m.

Claudine Eizykman (Film), Friederike Mayröcker (Lecture), VALIE EXPORT (Lecture, Feminism and Art), Gislind Nabakowski (Lecture, Feminism and Art), Carolee Schneemann (Film, Fuses), Katharina Sieverding (Film, Life-Death)

April 3, 1975, 5 p.m.

Liberation Films (Film, A Woman’s Place, 1971), Barbara Frischmuth (Reading from Haschen nach Wind), Therese Panoutsopoulos-Schulmeister (Lecture, Die Frau in der AA Kommune), Dr. Christian Feest (Lecture, Frauen in Stammgesellschaften), Dr. Alfred Bader (Lecture, Über weibliche Leitbilder im 20. Jahrhundert), Agnes Varda (Film, Opera Mouffe, 1958), Valie Export (Film, Remote…Remote, 1973; Mann&Frau&Animal, 1973)

April 4, 1975, 5 p.m.

Dr. Erika Runge (Film, Warum ist Frau B. glücklich?, 1968), Meret Oppenheim (Film, Ein Filmportrait), Elfriede Jelinek (Reading), Gerda Diddens (Film, Sprookje; Manneke Maan), Rebecca Horn (Film, Berlin. Übungen in 9 Stücken), Dorothy Iannone (Lecture, Aus Sicht der Künstlerin), Dr. Peter Gorsen (Lecture, Frauen in der Kunst), Barbara Meter (Film, From the Exterior; Songs for four hands), Kirsten Justesen, Jytte Rex (Film, Sleeping Beauty)

April 5, 1975, 4 p.m.

Christina Perincioli (Film, Für Frauen – 1. Kapitel), Collettivo femminista di Cinema (Film, La lotta non e finita), Elfriede Gerstl (Lecture), Waltraud Seidlhofel (Lecture), Newsreel (Film, Miss America), Alice Schwarzer (Film, Simone de Beauvoir – ein Filmportrait 1974), Rose Richter (Lecture, Die Proletarische Frauenbewegung im Spiegel der Literatur), Dr. Elisabeth Dessai (Lecture, Wörter mit Widerhaken-Anmerkungen zum patriarchalischen Sprachgebrauch), Dore O. (Film, Kaldalon), Antje Kunstmann (Lecture, Frauenemanzipation und Erziehung, einige Äußerungen zur Ideologie), Heidi Pataki (Reading), Vibeke Petersen (Film, Femø)

An extensive catalogue accompanied this exhibition, featuring texts, interventions and comments, including a contribution from Lucy Lippard (see the box on the right).

Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

 

Dorothy IannoneLucy LippardMeret OppenheimRebecca HornUlrike Rosenbach


An extensive catalogue accompanied this exhibition, featuring texts, interventions, and comments, including a contribution from Lucy Lippard.


In the same year as Magna Feminismus: Kunst und Kreativität, a symposium addressed feminism and creativity in Austria: Zur Situation und Kreativität der Frau, which included performances and happenings, took place at Forum für Aktuelle Kunst Innsbruck and at Galerie Krizinger in 1975. The program flyer shows Polish video artist Natalia LL, whose work Consumer Art received international acclaim (and scandalised press coverage) for its bold approach to female eroticism in mass media and consumerism. A video of Natalia LL’s work Consumer Art can be seen here: https://artmuseum.pl/en/filmoteka/praca/ll-natalia-sztuka-konsumpcyjna?age18=true

"Zur Situation und Kreativität der Frau", Forum für Aktuelle Kunst Innsbruck, 1975, Galerie Krinzinger, Symposium (Program Flyer); Image: © Natalia LL; Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Zur Situation und Kreativität der Frau, Forum für Aktuelle Kunst Innsbruck, 1975, Galerie Krinzinger, Symposium (Program Flyer); Image: © Natalia LL; Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden