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Fantastic women as guests at the Schirn

13.02.2020 | 12:18 Clock | Culture
Fantastic women as guests at the Schirn

Frankfurt can look forward to another exhibition highlight. The Kunsthalle SCHIRN is devoting a major show to the female side of Surrealism. The works of 36 female avant-garde artists are on display until 24 May. The most famous creators of surreal worlds are undoubtedly Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim or Louise Bourgeois. But the exhibition also offers an exciting platform for hitherto less well-known representatives of more than three decades of surrealist art. On the large exhibition space, which includes both galleries of the Schirn, some 260 works by 34 female artists from eleven countries are on display. The art forms include painting and drawing as well as sculpture, photography and film. The result is stirring and surprising, and precisely because of this, it should offer a completely new perspective on surrealist art, as Dr. Philipp Demandt, director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, explains.

Until 24 May 2020, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting the major survey exhibition "Fantastic Women. Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo", which focuses for the first time on the female contribution to surrealism and shows that the participation of female artists in the international movement was much more extensive than generally known and previously portrayed. Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer, curator of the exhibition, emphasizes: "In no other modernist artistic movement did women play such a central role quantitatively as in Surrealism, and yet many of their names and works are still often missing in publications and overview exhibitions. The female artists presented at the Schirn have taken up the group's ideas in an inimitable way and continued them in their extremely individual works. In the synopsis, the international network, the unbelievable diversity and the impressive independence of the better-known and less well-known female surrealist artists become clear. For surrealism was a state of mind, not a style." </In the show, one encounters familiar themes of surrealism, but by reversing the perspective, they reveal entirely new sides of the familiar. This, in conjunction with the wide range of styles and contents covered by the works, makes this exhibition not only very worth seeing, but also extremely significant. Even though the works shown by Frida Kahlo take up relatively little space, they are of course a great attraction for the public. And this is a good thing, because even those artists who are less known or for many not known at all can be discovered by their more prominent colleagues through popularity. </As usual, a comprehensive and very interesting catalogue has been published for the exhibition, which can be purchased in the museum as well as in bookshops. There will also be a varied supporting programme throughout the entire duration of the show. Special tours, parties, film screenings and much more will be offered to interested visitors in the coming months. All information about the supporting programme, the exhibition and the individual artists can also be found at <a href="http://www.schirn.de" target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.schirn.de

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