Rosemarie Trockel, SKULPTUREN UND ZEICHNUNGEN, Galerie Philomene Magers, Bonn, 1983

Opening: September 9, 1983, 8 p.m.

Duration: September 9–October 20, 1983

Dimensions: 10.5 x 14.9 cm

Further Information: One of Germany’s most influential and successful women artists, Rosemarie Trockel’s second commercial solo exhibition presented drawings and sculptures at Galerie Philomene Magers in Bonn. The invitation shows a photo taken by the artist Walter Dahn on the front, showing several ceramic vases or water bottles behind a barrier that says “NO ENTRY.”

Trockel’s first solo exhibition took place in spring of the same year at Monika Sprüth Galerie in Cologne, which later merged with Philomene Magers’ to become Galerie Sprüth Magers, one of Germany’s most successful galleries with spaces in Berlin, Cologne, Los Angeles, and London. Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers both strongly supported female artists from the start, offering them solo exhibitions (quite unusual at the time) and publishing a magazine, Eau de Cologne (198589) on the occasion of group shows by the same name. Both the magazine and exhibition were solely dedicated to women in art and created a local network for them. in a conversation piece in one edition of the magazine, Trockel and her art dealer Sprüth conclude that “No system that is power questions itself”. With covers by artists Barbara Kruger or Cindy Sherman, and texts by and about curators Lucy Lippard and Iowana Blatzwick, art dealer Ileana Sonnabend or artist Jutta Köther, the magazine questions patriarchal power structures and introduces feminist perspectives from the art world.

In 2016, Galerie Sprüth Magers, which still represents Rosemarie Trockel, organized a second iteration of the early Eau de Cologne exhibitions that you can read about here: This page shows an overview of Trockel’s work on the gallery’s website:


Images: The images of this invitation are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.




Lucy Lippard