Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart,
St. Alban-Rheinweg 60, 4052Basel
Guerrilla Girls, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, Rosemarie Trockel and more
Works by female artists are still underrepresented in the collection of the Kunstmuseum Basel. The institution is thus in the best of company. For women still have to assert their importance as protagonists of (Western) art history. For a good half century, artists, art historians, gallery owners, and curators have been working in exhibition spaces, museums, archives, and publications to determine representations of female perspectives in the visual arts.
In particular, the combination of feminist themes with humor expressed in works allows the art of their authors to be understood as activism and as a call. Humor, comedy and satire are in many ways the determining stylistic means of an artistic-feminist attitude that relies on a shared, liberating laughter. For as the African-American literary scholar bell hooks wrote twenty years ago? "Feminism is for everyone." Important works by female artists have already found their way into the collection of the Kunstmuseum Basel, including those by the Guerrilla Girls, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, and Rosemarie Trockel. A selection of their works form the pivotal point of the group exhibition.
Fun Feminism began in conversation with the two artists Senam Okudzeto and Claudia Müller. They approached the Kunstmuseum with the request to examine the collection from a feminist-humorous perspective. This gave rise to the idea of an exhibition that shows outstanding, rarely shown collection works from the late 1960s to the 1990s with feminist subtexts together with more recent works by contemporary artists.
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