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The Medea Insurrection

Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden


Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain 

This exhibition explores the relationship between mythology, protest and self-definition in the work of women artists during the Soviet period. Identification with classical figures such as Cassandra and Medea, the exhibition suggests, went hand-in-hand with punk provocation and defiance in the face of authority, for artists in places from East Germany to Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Romania. The artists on view include Sibylle Bergemann, Geta Brătescu and Alina Szapocznikow. Find out more about ‘The Medea Insurrection’ from the Lipsiusbau’s website. 

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Cleaning the Augean Stables, from the series Herakles (1988), Erika Stürmer-Alex. Photo: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

From the series Consumer Art (1-3) (1975), Natalia LL.

Photograph from the series Consumer Art (1-3) (1975), Natalia LL. Ludwig Museum. Photo: József Rosta; courtesy the artist

Damn Dumb Dame Annemirl Bauer.

Damn Dumb Dame (Herrlich dämlich dumme Dame) (1980s), Annemirl Bauer. Photo: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Allerleirauh, Heike, Berlin, Bergemann

Allerleirauh, Heike, Berlin (1988), photograph by Sibylle Bergemann; costume design by Angelika Kroker. Courtesy Loock Galerie, Berlin; © Estate of Sybille Bergemann

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