Female Minimal: Abstraction in the Expanded Field
29 October - 18 December 2020
Rosemarie Castoro | Maria Lai | Liliane Lijn | Verena Loewensberg | Mary Miss
Lucia Moholy | Vera Molnár | Marlow Moss | Lydia Okumura | Ana Sacerdote
Loló Soldevilla | Magdalena Wiecek | Shizuko Yoshikawa
Curated by Anke Kempkes & Pierre-Henri Foulon
Female Minimal: Abstraction in the Expanded Field brings together pioneering female artists from Europe and the Americas who each contributed in her own original way to expanding the orthodox category of Minimal art. The artists on display expand on the traditional concept of minimalism to explore possibilities of the ‘minimal’ as a guiding force in their work – whether in their process, use of materials, or as forming the basis of their approach.
Featuring 13 artists from ten different countries, the exhibition will present a large selection of paintings, photography, installation and works on paper ranging from the 1920s to the early 1980s. Including some of the earliest examples of animation, algorithmic and kinetic art, alongside pieces from the fields of Neoplasticism, Concretism, (Post)Minimal and Land art, the display will show how these artists occupied a central position amongst period-defining groups such as Zurich Concrete in Switzerland, Abstraction-Création in Paris and Los Diez Pintores Concretos in Cuba. The history of abstraction is also a history of global turmoil, migration and transnational exchange, and many of the exhibiting artists were written out of art history due to gender inequalities and the politics of their time.