The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain

The Wende Museum
The Armory, Culver City, California
November 9 - April 5, 2020

 

Medea: femme fatale and ├╝berwoman from the East. In the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, East European writers and painters often turned to ancient mythology when they wanted to express their discontent with Communist rule. Their interpretations of mythological figures like Medea, Cassandra, or Penthesilea were crucial in shaping contemporary images for women, and sometimes they were straight-up punk. On the contrary, many of their works were crucial in shaping contemporary images of women, and sometimes they were straight-up punk. Working under the radar of the accepted art establishment, the women artists in this exhibition provoked, protested, played with fire, and experimented while refusing socialist and bourgeois stereotypes. Organized in collaboration with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, and guest curator Susanne Altmann.