In 1977 a groundbreaking survey exhibition of female artists, Künstlerinnen International 1877–1977, opened at Berlin’s Schloss Charlottenburg. The show was quickly met with a hostile reception before being just as quickly forgotten – even in the annals of feminist art history.
In 2012, artist and musician Michaela Melián made a video installation featuring a conversation with artist Sarah Schumann and writer Silvia Bovenschen, who were instrumental in realizing the exhibition. Here, frieze d/e publishes an edited transcript of their conversation.
Accompanying it are interviews with Melián herself and with three members of the feminist group ff: artists Mathilde ter Heijne, Antje Majewski and Juliane Solmsdorf. Looking back today, how important was that show? Over the past four decades, what has changed in the relationship between feminism and art?
Discussing the myths and realities of the Cologne art scene – a roundtable with Renate Goldmann, Hannes Loichinger, Marcel Odenbach, Susanne Titz and Gregory H. Williams. With photographs by Wilhelm Schürmann and Andrea Stappert