In 1942, legendary collector and gallery owner Peggy Guggenheim opened her Art of this Century gallery in New York. As early as 1943, curated by Marcel Duchamp and advising artists of the time, she presented an exhibition that focused exclusively on female avant-garde artists: ›Exhibition by 31 Women‹ (January 5 – 31, 1943). With regard to the number of participants and artistic diversity, this exhibition was a novelty in the history of art. The show brought female representatives of surrealism together with abstract painters, Dadaist influenced artists and unknown, younger artists of the time.
With reference to this important founding event of a feminist art history, the exhibition ›31: Women‹ shows women artists from the Daimler Art Collection. Historically, our exhibition begins in the 1930s with abstract paintings by the Hungarian artist Anne Beöthy Steiner. From here, the horizon expands from European and American trends from Zero and Minimalism to contemporary German and international positions in the media of image, photography, installation, sculpture, drawing and video.
Two new publications accompany the exhibition.
Curator: Renate Wiehager
Marcel Duchamp: The curatorial work (Renate Wiehager)
They are legendary in speech and image: Marcel Duchamp’s disguises and countless photographic self-stagings, his ironic, sarcastic, humorous comments on art, the art industry, art criticism and art history. Less well known is a Marcel Duchamp who, with great empathy and strategic awareness, embraced the cause of the artists in his contemporary cultural environment: as curator of exhibitions from the early 1910s to his death in 1968, as juror and as consultant for some of the most important collections, museums and galleries of modern art. The volume outlines nearly forty exhibitions, supplemented by recent research results, and illustrates Duchamp’s close cooperation with protagonists of his time: Louise and Walter Conrad Arensberg, Katherine S. Dreier, Francis Picabia, Sidney and Harriet Janis as well as André Breton, Julien Levy, or Peggy Guggenheim.
Marcel Duchamp. The Women. Les Femmes. Die Frauen. Las Mucheres
(Renate Wiehager und Katharina Neuburger)
The publication Duchamp and the Women offers an unusual perspective on the ›artist of the Century‹ Marcel Duchamp. Consisting of essays and biographical portraits of more than a hundred female leading figures reaching from early 20th century Modernism to the 1960s, who shaped the life and work of Marcel Duchamp, the publication traces the initiatives and collaborations which accompanied and inspired Duchamp’s artistic practice. Furthermore, important texts by women are made accessible and are translated into English or German, which previously could be found available in rare sources or published in French only. The book unfoulds the social and cultural work of female collectors, gallery owners, artist colleagues and authors, revealing the featured women’s formative influence for their time in Europe and the United States.
Essays on e.g.: Louise Arensberg / Djuna Barnes / Katherine S. Dreier / Suzanne Duchamp / Peggy Guggenheim / Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven / Mina Loy / Maria Martin / Louise Norton / Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia / Mary Reynolds / Carrie, Ettie and Florine Stettheimer / Beatrice Wood.
The publications will be publiched in February 2020 and can be acquired at the Exhibition space Daimler Contemporary at a Special Price.