Marking International Women’s Day on March 8, Wien Museum is mounting an exhibition that will illustrate historical and present-day aspects of women’s lives. Roughly 100 objects have been selected for the show from the museum’s most recent purchases and donations to its holdings. Some of them are portraits, others are works created by both well-known and “forgotten” women from the worlds of art and society; there are contemporary works of art that address gender issues as well as “female” items of everyday life and political documents
Wien Museum collects pictures and items that give us insights, from different perspectives, into women’s lives in all their diversity. They shed light on normative definitions of femaleness and clichéd stereotypes, but also on emancipation movements and alternative ways of seeing womanhood, showing us how women have seen themselves and how they have been seen by others. Some of the themes and artists presented in the exhibition: Annegang, Carola Dertnig, women under Nazi rule, political protests relating to women’s issues, Katharina and Josephine Fröhlich, Nilbar Güres, Winnie Jakob, Lina Loos, Florentina Pakosta, Anna-Lülja Praun, women cyclists around 1900, Magdalena Steiner, “female” everyday utensils, the “10er Marie” wine tavern.
Susanne Breuss with Sándor Békési, Regina Karner, Michaela Lindinger, Gerhard Milchram, Andreas Nierhaus, Martina Nußbaumer, Walter Öhlinger, Eva-Maria Orosz, Elke Sodin, Ursula Storch
(the text originates from Wien Museum’s website)