Modernism would simply have been inconceivable without these women
On entering the exhibition here or there you find yourself really standing there gaping
Late fame for innovative female artists
Art that protested against the establishment
Paying the female masters of Modernism their due at long last
Go for it, men and women, storm the Schirn!

In one of the highlights of this exhibition year, the SCHIRN presents a major theme show on the female artists of the early 20th-century avant-garde, the STORM WOMEN.

The term “avant-garde” refers to those artists whose work is ahead of its time and challenges conventional perceptions.

STORM WOMEN. WOMEN ARTIST of the avant-garde in Berlin 1910-1932

DER STURM (English: THE STORM) marked the emergence into modern art and an attempt to unite the international avant-garde. Originally founded in 1910 as a magazine for the promotion of Expressionist art, the name STURM quickly became a trademark: its editor, the writer and gallery owner Herwarth Walden, established the STURM Academy, STURM soirées, a STURM stage, and the STURM Gallery, at which, among others, Marc Chagall, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee exhibited their works. What is less well known, however, is that Walden also had great respect for female artists – around one fourth of the artists presented at his gallery were women. The SCHIRN devotes the first large-scale thematic exhibition to these STURM women. It will assemble more than 280 works of art by female artists of Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, and New Objectivity. The result is a somewhat different overview of the most important art movements in Berlin in the early 20th century. Like their male counterparts at the time, works by some of these women artists were exhibited for the first time in Germany: among the most prominent are Sonia Delaunay, Alexandra Exter, Natalia Gontcharova, Else Lasker-Schüler, Gabriele Münter, and Marianne von Werefkin. They are joined by further female artists who have been unjustifiably forgotten, or have been neglected by the public. The exhibition at the SCHIRN will be the first extensive presentation of art by the STURM women, bringing it closer to a broader public.

Well prepared for the exhibition thanks to the Digitorial

The digitorial is a special web page containing informative background material that explains the context of the art and its cultural milieu, as well as presenting key aspects of the exhibition as an innovative narrative. Multiple networking takes place between the different contents using images, sounds and texts, thus making for entirely new modes of presentation, narrative and the art education – at home, at the café or on your way to the exhibition.

With the digitorial, your exhibition visit will become a knowledge-based experience. You’ll enjoy the show all the more!


The audio tour is presented by award-winning actresse Johanna Wokalek. Among others, she is known for her acclaimed roles in “Barfuss”, “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex” and “Die Päpstin”.


Berlin’s STURM gallery presented the works of countless artists for the first time in Germany, many of them from outside the country. Their biographies, the personal conditions under which they lived and the reception of these STURM WOMEN differed greatly, as did the stylistic approaches they took in their art. Displayed together, their works offer an impressive panorama of modern art.


Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain


Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, Georg und Franziska Speyer'sche Hochschulstiftung


Deutsche Bahn, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Media Frankfurt, VGF, Journal Frankfurt, hr2 Kultur