Talk: Julie M. Johnson “Inside the Memory Factory: Women as Professional Artists in Vienna 1900”
Professional women artists before 1938 did not have it easy. It is therefore all the more surprising how many women managed nevertheless to make a career in art. A lot of them came from assimilated Jewish families. Some, like Tina Blau, Broncia Koller-Pinell, or Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, have left their mark in the history of art. But many others have been undeservedly forgotten. The current exhibition The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Until 1938 presents around forty of these women and describes their studies and careers, from their struggle for recognition in a male-dominated art world to the racial discrimination and persecution under the Nazis.
The talk, in English, will be given by Julie M. Johnson, author of The Memory-Factory: The Forgotten Women Artists of Vienna 1900, who will describe how Viennese women of this time found ways against all odds of pursuing a career as professional artists.
The event is part of Vienna Art Week.
Free admission from 6.45 pm
Helene Taussig, die Stickerin (c) private collection