IN THE CUT – The Male Body in Feminist Art
18 May – 30 September 2018
Sexuality has played a decisive role in the history of art ab initio: it has served as thematic material, and as motivation and trigger for artistic production. Until the 1970s, however, it was the male gaze which informed the politics of these images; the female body was its sensual object. In the first feminist examinations of the erotic which followed, woman artists explored and thus reclaimed the female body. The (hetero)erotic female gaze, on the other hand – directed at the male body – continues to be an exception in art. Both perspectives require an independent artistic stance and an autonomous sexuality, which today is no longer a given, and is being censored on social media like never before. Artists like
Louise Bourgeois (US), Eunice Golden (US), Herlinde Koelbl (DE), Carolee Schneemann (US), Joan Semmel (US), and Betty Tompkins (US) initiated the development of these feminist approaches. This international, themed exhibition is defined by their work, along with that of the next generation, including Sophie Calle (FR), Anke Doberauer (DE), Tracey Emin (GB), Alicia Framis (ES), Kathleen Gilje (US), Aude du Pasquier Grall (FR), Anna Jermolaewa (RU), Julika Rudelius (DE), Jana Sterbak (CAN), and Susan Silas (US).