The selection comprises painting, sculpture, textile, crafts, drawings and graphic prints, photography and film. The artists will be presented based on the century they primarily were productive in, and selection is based on how their art reflects the prevailing social climate at the time.
– A little while ago, I was commissioned by a Norwegian art museum to propose names of Swedish artists to a Nordic art collection. To refresh my knowledge, I turned to art history. I got reminded of how flagrant the male predominance was in most descriptions, the ratio of male and female artists respectively was 95% male and 5% female, regardless of whether the book in question was by a male or female author. It was against this background the idea to an exhibition highlighting this disproportion came about, says Bo Nilsson, Director at Artipelag.
The term Signature Women is an onset to reflect the shifting over a hundred years, when female artists have gone from being dispatched to artistic obscurity to today’s loftiness.
– Our ambition is not to conjure up an ultimate picture of art history, but we chose to present a humble historical writing, rather a topic for discussion than a definitive statement, says Nilsson.
Signature Women – 100 Years on the Swedish Art Scene runs until Sunday November 29th.
Image above: Untitled Without, 1988. Detail. Oil on canvas by Cecilia Edefalk. Photo from Stockholms Auktionsverk.
Due to the corona pandemic, we have until further notice no general introductions or guided tours. However, you can book a private guided tour.
Contributions to a Library
Visitors are encouraged to give their view on the selection by donating books and art catalogues with female artists they think should have been represented in the exhibition. This library will hopefully grow during the exhibition and constitute as study material for our visitors. The collected books will then be included in Stockholm Museum of Women’s History and building up a library on women history.
The exhibition’s catalogue is designed by Samuel Lind and Micaela Wernberg, text by Marika Bogren and Bo Nilsson as well as artist biographies by Bo Nilsson, Frida Andersson, Jessica Höglund, Kristina Lindemann and Iselin Page. The catalogue can be purchased in the design shop.
Daily departures to and from Vasagatan in the Stockholm city center.
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The introductions are included in the entrance fee.
For introductions in English. Valid until April 5th.
All days at 1 pm.
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Annika von Hausswolff
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Jane Wåhlstedt (Laholmskeramik)