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International Women’s Day: Depictions and Conceptions of Women at the Bode-Museum

24.02.2020
Bode-Museum

Do women have to be either naked or chaste to make it into a museum? On 8 March, International Women’s Day, the Bode-Museum offers its visitors the opportunity to consider this question and search together for answers.

Students in the seminar Bilder von Frauen und Frauenbilder im Bode-Museum (Depictions and Conceptions of Women at the Bode-Museum), held at the Technisches Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), await museum visitors from 2 to 4 pm in sixteen rooms featuring the selected objects. They offer those interested in the subject the opportunity to learn about and discuss the histories of the women in the Skulpturensammlung (Sculpture Collection) and their correlation to 21st-century society.

You can enter the date in your calendar via the website for the event Depictions and Conceptions of Women at the Bode-Museum.

Women in Museums: An Ongoing Debate

Intense debates about art exhibitions predominately by and about white men have not only opened our eyes to the low representation of women artists but also identified a problem that can no longer be ignored, at least not since the activities of the Guerrilla Girls in 1985 (Do Women Have to be Naked to Get into the Metropolitan Museum?): Women are present in museums mainly as nudes. This fact is even more pronounced in museums whose focus is on the art of the Old Masters. The large number of objects with religious themes on display at the Bode-Museum makes it possible to broaden the question even more: Do women have to be either naked or chaste to make it into a museum?

A collaboration between the Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst and the Technisches Universität Berlin. The preliminary seminar Bilder von Frauen und Frauenbilder im Bode-Museum was led by Dr. Andreas Huth (TU Berlin) and Dr. María López-Fanjul y Díez del Corral (Bode-Museum).