FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO

FEBRUARY 13–MAY 24, 2020

Goddess, she-devil, doll, fetish, child-woman or wonderful dream creature – in various guises, women were the central subject of male Surrealist fantasies. Women artists initially found their way into the circle surrounding André Breton, the founder of the Surrealist group, as companions or models. Yet they quickly broke out of those traditional roles and confidently created independent work. Female artists differed from their male colleagues above all in their reversal of perspective: they questioned their own reflection or took on different roles in search for a (new) model of female and artistic identity.

 

Leonora Carrington, Autoportrait, à l'auberge du Cheval d'Aube, 1937/38, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt examines the female contribution to Surrealism and reveals that the participation of women artists was considerably larger than generally known or previously portrayed.

The exhibition focuses on women artists who were directly associated with the Surrealist movement founded in Paris in the early 1920s, though sometimes only for a short period. Featuring about 260 remarkable paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, and films by 34 artists, the exhibition covers a wide range of styles and subjects. Besides well-known figures like Louise Bourgeois, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim, and Dorothea Tanning, numerous as yet lesser-known artists from more than three decades of Surrealist art, such as Toyen, Alice Rahon, and Kay Sage, also await discovery. The exhibition features representative selections of works by each of the artists, while at the same time reflecting networks and friendships among the women artists in Europe, the US, and Mexico. 

An exhibition of Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in cooperation with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk

Claude Cahun, Self-portrait (I am in Training… Don't Kiss Me), ca. 1927, Vintage gelatin silver print, 11,7 x 8,9 cm, Private Collection, © Claude Cahun

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11.02.2020 | With some 260 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs and films by 34 women artists from Europe, the US and Mexico – primarily from the 1930s to the 1960s – the exhibition covers a diverse range of styles and subjects.

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27.01.2020 | From February 13 to May 24, 2020, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presents “Fantastic Women: Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo,” a major survey devoted to the women artists of Surrealism.>

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FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Louise Bourgeois, Torso, Self-Portrait, 1963-64, Bronze, painted white, wall piece, 62,9 x 40,6 x 20 cm, Collection the Easton Foundation © The Easton Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Photo: Christopher Burke

Claude Cahun, Self-portrait (I am in Training… Don't Kiss Me), ca. 1927, Vintage gelatin silver print, 11,7 x 8,9 cm, Private Collection, © Claude Cahun

Leonora Carrington, Autoportrait, à l'auberge du Cheval d'Aube, 1937/38, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Ithell Colquhoun, Tree Anatomy, 1942, oil on board, 57 x 29 cm, The Estate of the late Dr. Jeffrey Sherwin and the Sherwin Family, © Samaritans, Noise Abatement Society & Spire Healthcare

Leonor Fini, Chtonian Deity Watching over the Sleep of a Young Man, 1946, Oil on Canvas, 27,9 x 41,3 cm, © Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco and Francis Naumann Gallery, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Frida Kahlo, Selfportrait with thorn necklace, 1940, Oil on canvas mounted to board, Collection of Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Nickolas Muray Collection of Modern Mexican Art © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Jacqueline Lamba, André Breton, Yves Tanguy, Cadavre exquis, 1938, collage on paper, Private Collection, Courtesy of the Mayor Gallery, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Dora Maar, 29 Rue d'Astorg, 1936, Photomontage, silver salt print, Musée national Picasso-Paris, Dation Pablo Picasso 1979, MP3623, © bpk / RMN - Grand Palais / Dora Maar / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Kay Sage, At the Appointed Time, 1942, Oil on canvas, Newark Museum of Art, Bequest of Kay Sage Tanguy, 1964 © Estate of Kay Sage/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Dorothea Tanning, Voltage, 1942, Oil on canvas, Collection Ulla und Heiner Pietzsch, Berlin, © The Estate of Dorothea Tanning/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin

Bridget Tichenor, The Surrealists/The Specialists, 1956, Oil on Mazonite, 40 x 30,2 cm, Private Collection Mexico, © Bridget Tichenor

Toyen, Le Paravent, 1966, Oil and collage on canvas, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris / The Roger-Viollet Photoagency © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Meret Oppenheim, Venus primitive, 1962 (1933), painted terracotta, glaced straw, 64 x 26,5 x 20 cm, © Kunstmuseum Solothurn / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer, curator of the exhibition, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2015, Photo: Gaby Gerster

Digitorial ® of the exhibition, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Norbert Miguletz