As unbelievable as it may seem today, at the beginning of the 20th century the attitude still prevailed that women were only rarely able to accomplish great achievements in the field of the arts. So until 1920/21 women were not allowed to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, since it was feared it would lead to “dilettantism” and the “male element” would be forced back.
Only as late as in the 1970s did the situation of women artists noticeably improve, when they themselves fought the oppressive mechanisms of society. With Hildegard Joos (1909–2005) and Christa Hauer (*1925), both among the co-founders of the IntAkt (International Action Group of Fine Artists), as well as Susanne Wenger (1915–2009), founding member of the Austrian Art Club, the exhibition follows the biographical traces of three women who have had extraordinary effects and created extraordinary achievements both in their lives as well as in their art.
Curator: Alexandra Schantl