between system&intuition: CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS
Work by Marcelle Cahn

between system&intuition: CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS

For the first time a group of women concrete artists was the subject of an exhibition in Germany. The majority of the twelve artists who were presented have points of contact with one another, the collection of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, the City of Stuttgart, or the surrounding region. The show illuminated the life and work along with the educational and exhibition conditions for women before and after 1945 as well as their sponsors and networks. The role of pioneering women gallerists who helped to promote concrete art were also taken into account for the first time. The show traced the sociological aspects of the female biographies. This revealed how biography has influenced the creative development of the artists’ lifework and its public reception.

Over 120 works illustrated the varieties of concrete art ranging between system and intuition. The multidisciplinary work of the pioneers of modern art Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Sonia Delaunay shaped the entire living environment of the 1920s; Marcelle Cahn, Aurelie Nemours, Verena Loewensberg, Geneviève Claisse, and Clara Friedrich-Jezler explore the possibilities of artistic media—color, form, and surface; Vera Molnar has used a computer for the first time to make geometric compositions, and the sculptures by Katarzyna Kobro, Mary Vieira, Charlotte Posenenske and the acoustic works by Lily Greenham call for social, participatory engagement.

The exhibition architecture in the form of showcases and seating was created in cooperation with students from the Architecture, Fine Arts, Industrial Design and Textile Design departments of the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.

Curator Eva-Marina Froitzheim
Curatorial Assistant Tina Weingardt
Sponsored by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, Otto F. Scharr-Stiftung, BNP Paribas

Artists

Marcelle Cahn, Geneviève Claisse, Sonia Delaunay, Clara Friedrich-Jezler, Lily Greenham, Katarzyna Kobro, Verena Loewensberg, Vera Molnar, Aurelie Nemours, Charlotte Posenenske, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Mary Vieira

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Verena Loewensberg, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulman, © Nachlass Verena Loewensberg, Henriette Coray Loewensberg, 8001 Zürich

Verena Loewensberg, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Exhibition view CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS
Exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann

Exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Work by Sonia Delaunay
Sonia Delaunay, Rythme couleur, 1959/60

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, photo: Philipp Ottendörfer, © Pracusa Artisticas SA

Sonia Delaunay, Rythme couleur, 1959/60
Work by Marcelle Cahn
Marcelle Cahn, Femme et Voillier, 1926–27

Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, photo: Musées de Strasbourg, A. Plisson

Marcelle Cahn, Femme et Voillier, 1926–27
Necklace and bracelet by Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Necklace and bracelet, 1920s

Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, photo: Mick Vincenz, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Necklace and bracelet, 1920s
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Exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann

Exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
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Katarzyna Kobro, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann, © Ewa Sapka Pawliczak und Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź

Katarzyna Kobro, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Exhibition view between system and intuition concrete women artists
Aurelie Nemours, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Aurelie Nemours, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Work by Aurelie Nemours
Aurelie Nemours, Les trois personnages, 1952

Würth Collection Inv. 2217, photo: Philipp Schönborn, Munich, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Aurelie Nemours, Les trois personnages, 1952
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Clara Friedrich-Jezler, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann, © SIK-ISEA, Zürich (Jean-Pierre Kuhn)

Clara Friedrich-Jezler, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Work by Clara Friedrich-Jezler
Clara Friedrich-Jezler, Untitled, 1948

Kunst Museum Winterthur, Legat Dr. Emil and Clara Friedrich-Jezler, 1973, © SIK-ISEA, Zurich (Jean-Pierre Kuhn)

Clara Friedrich-Jezler, Untitled, 1948
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Vera Molnar, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Vera Molnar, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Exhibition view CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS
Mary Vieira, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann, © Isisuf. Istituto Internazionale di Studi sul Futurismo – Archivio Belloli-Vieira

Mary Vieira, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Work by Mary Vieira
Mary Vieira, spannung und ausdehnung, 1952–53

© Isisuf. Istituto Internazionale di Studi sul Futurismo – Archivio Belloli-Vieira

Mary Vieira, spannung und ausdehnung, 1952–53
Exhibition view CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS
Exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann

Exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Exhibition view between system and intuition concrete women artists
Geneviève Claisse, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Geneviève Claisse, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Work by Geneviève Claisse
Geneviève Claisse, Relief cercle vert, 1970

Courtesy galerie denise rené, photo: Franz Wamhof, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Geneviève Claisse, Relief cercle vert, 1970
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Lily Greenham, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021

Photo: Gerald Ulmann

Lily Greenham, exhibition view "CONCRETE WOMEN ARTISTS", 2021
Work by Lily Greenham titled Losanges et carrés en mouvement
Lily Greenham, Losanges et carrés en mouvement, 1966

Private collection, Bad Homburg, photo: © Belvedere, Vienna; Johannes Stoll

Lily Greenham, Losanges et carrés en mouvement, 1966
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Charlotte Posenenske, Vierkantrohre Serie D, 1967/2021

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Foto: Gerald Ulmann, © Nachlass Charlotte Posenenske und Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin

Charlotte Posenenske, Vierkantrohre Serie D, 1967/2021