The King Is Dead, Long Live the Queen

Exterior view of the museum

Artists: Hiba Alansari, Thuraya Al-Baqsami, Monira Al Qadiri, Rosa Barba, Alexandra Bircken, Monica Bonvicini, Leda Bourgogne, Kerstin Brätsch, Tania Bruguera, Ceal Floyer, Galli, Asta Gröting, Roey Victoria Heifetz, Almut Heise, Leila Hekmat, Leiko Ikemura, Anne Imhof, Annette Kelm, Conny Maier, Heidi Manthey, Beatriz Morales, Sara Nabil, Helga Paris, Adrian Piper, Lin May Saeed, Karin Sander, Julia Scher, Marianna Simnett, Sturtevant, Rosemarie Trockel, Patricia Waller

Curator: Udo Kittelmann

The legendary American collector Peggy Guggenheim opened her visionary gallery Art of This Century in New York in 1942, and in 1943 she presented the show Exhibition by 31 Women. This is now considered the first exhibition to exclusively showcase works by women. It was Marcel Duchamp, Guggenheim’s long-time artist-friend, who originally suggested that she mount an all-women show.

Contemporary critics reacted with reluctant admiration and condescending disregard. The verdicts culminated in a review by the art critic of the influential magazine TIME, James Stern, who rejected the exhibition due to the fact that he had never seen a “first-class woman artist.” How wrong could a critic be!

The Museum Frieder Burda remembers this historic exhibition that took place eighty years ago with The King Is Dead, Long Live the Queen. The project in Baden-Baden will likewise present thirty-one contemporary women artists in an exhibition that shows the current per-spective on this topic.

Source: Museum Frieder Burda


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