Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna is pleased to be invited by Alison M. Gingeras to take part in her curated section Sex Work at Frieze London 2017 with a selection of works from the 1970s by the Austrian artist Birgit Jürgenssen (1949 - 2003, Vienna/Austria).
Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics, Booth S5
Birgit Jürgenssen was an extremely gifted and virtuous draftswoman. She deconstructed female stereotypes frequently integrating allusions to surrealist themes into her masterful drawings. The female body and its metamorphosis constitute a central aspect of her work and lead to questions within the socio-critical discourse. Based on the emancipatory potential of Surrealism and on the context of feminism of the 1970s, her practice synthesises a wide range of impulses and generates a multi-layered and manifold body of work from the late 1960s on. The staging of the female body in the light of transformation (recurrent themes are: masquerades, fragmentations, fetish and fusions with animal beings) runs as leitmotif through the artist‘s oeuvre. Her work has been lately described as “brilliantly disturbing” by The Guardian, exactly how the art of Birgit Jürgenssen presents itself.
Birgit Jürgenssen will be featured in the upcoming shows: Woman House. Une exposition collective d‘artistes femmes, La Monnaie de Paris, Paris; Virginia Woolf, Tate St.Ives; The Shape of Time, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; Feministische Avantgarde der 1970Er-Jahre aus der SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Wien, ZKM, Karlsruhe. Her work has been recently exhibited in Meret Oppenheim and her Friends, MASILugano, The Beguiling Siren is thy Crest, MoMA Warsaw and WOMAN. Feminist Avantgarde in the 1970s from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND, mumok, Vienna.
Selected collections: MoMA, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tate Britain, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museé Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Lausanne; Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna; mumok, Vienna; Albertina, Graphic Arts, Vienna; MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna.