In its current exhibition, Villa Schöningen is showing female bodies from the point of view of female artists from five centuries. Alongside landscapes, portraits and religious themes, the female nude is one of the most frequently depicted motifs in art history. From the Venus of Willendorf in front
From 25,000 years to the present day performances and video installations, the naked body has fascinated artists over the centuries. Time and again, dealing with nudity and eros was also an exploration of taboos and a fascinating indicator of the sense of time. Acts have shaped art history like a sensor of the constitution of freedom of a society or epoch: restrained, ashamed, idealizing, sexualizing, politicizing, violent, tender, ugly or disturbing. Whether the “Maja” by Goya, the “Olympia” by Manet or “L'Origine du Monde” by Courbet and “Les Demoiselles d Avignon” by Picasso, it was always nudes that provoked art scandals and explored new stylistic territory.
Under the title “Nude - Female Bodies By Female Artists”, the female body will be shown from May 4 to October 1, 2019 in the Villa Schöningen in Potsdam, exclusively in depictions by female artists. Almost all forms of sculpture, drawing, painting, photography and video are represented. The main question is whether there is such a thing as a specifically female view of the naked body. Or whether such stereotyping in the feminist context characterizes visual patterns that do not stand up to a prejudice-free view beyond gender clichés.
Press release Villa Schöningen
Diana de Rose
Ashley Hans Scheirl
BY FEMALE ARTISTS
Art. 8 GG
1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1
Freedom of assembly
Curated by Sonia Ganzález
Freedom of assembly forms the starting point of the group exhibition 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 Art. 8 GG Freedom of assembly, which will be on view from October 3, 2020 through January 10, 2021 in the Villa Schöningen.
The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who commissioned the architect Ludwig Persius to design the Villa Schöningen, put in place a constitution in 1848 that legalized the political freedom of assembly. With these resolutions, he paved the way for our current constitution. Beyond the political gathering, there are many different characters of gathering. Be it in a sports club, at family celebrations, the art scene at the Venice Biennale or in the digital world. The location of Villa Schöningen, in the former border protection area, enables a very site-specific perspective on the exhibition theme on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the reunification. The potential for social conflict and the controversy of gathering are made particularly clear by the omnipresent corona pandemic.
The works presented by the 14 artists cover a period of around 50 years and address the facets of gatherings in very different ways.
So the painting that ends well, all is well by Jörg Immendorff from 1983 seems to be a premonition of German reunification. This historical event could have taken a different course without a physical gathering of people. The artist Anna Ehrenstein, on the other hand, addresses the anonymous digital gathering and its influence in her video work Real Thomas Metzinger 2019.