Special Exhibition 2020
Curators: Ema Kaiser-Brandstätter and Sophia Vonier
Alte Hofküche (Old Court Kitchen), Lower Level
F is the sixth letter in the alphabet. It is a consonant. In German, F stands for Freunde (friends), Freude (joy), Freiheit (freedom), Frau (woman) and Feminismus (feminism).
The special exhibition in the Old Court Kitchen on the lower level of the Hofburg Vienna is dedicated to female creators of art living in Austria.
Women confined to the kitchen? FAR FROM IT.
11 artistic positions illustrate the powerful way in which female artists make statements, reveal social deficits, and thereby create a consciousness within society.
© Valentina Schandl
The artists’ own female body has been a central object of critical female artists since the late 1960s. The presence and absence of the - often - nude body has served as a political statement, beyond its aesthetic value. Subsequent generations of female artists have been developing artistic works in their own, contemporary idiom. One interesting fact is that the absence of the body, resp. its indirect depiction through placeholders, increases the field of tension and the intensity of the works.
As part of ART VIENNA, photo and video works, multi-media installations, paintings and performances create a thematic connection between artistic practices in the form of a group exhibition on the lower level and the stairwells of the Hofburg Vienna, representing 11 artistic positions. The exhibited artists are ONA B., Johanna Binder, Theresa Grandits, Clara Khevenhüller, Soli Kiani, Ina Loitzl, Christiane Peschek, Valentina Schandl, Elisabeth Schmirl, Michaela Schwarz-Weismann and Iv Toshain.
Art talks, special guided tours and a Cocktail with the curators of the exhibition, Ema Kaiser-Brandstätter and Sophia Vonier, illuminate the subject from different perspectives and provide an introduction to current developments.