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We are experiencing a time of collective learning and unlearning. Representations, (un-)conscious linguistic customs and institutional structures are put to trial and revised, while alternative concepts are formulated for the future. Such a learning process introduces transformations and at the same time demarcates a privileged space that can lead to exclusions. Who has access to knowledge? Whom do we learn from and from which viewing angles? Teachers are identities significantly shaping our views of the world, for in the process of learning, the reflections (Mirrors) affect the perception and the formation of perspectives (Windows).

Female students meanwhile constitute more than half of the body of students at art academies in Germany, yet they are not equally represented in terms of numbers and diversity in museums, on the art market and teaching professions. The exhibition at the Philara Collection is dedicated to the centenary of the admission of women* at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

With the exhibition Mirrors and Windows, the focus is directed towards the women* who teach there. By combining works by former and current professors* of the fine arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, we would like to take the opportunity to draw attention to both the achievements and the still existing inequalities, and thus inspire an overall evaluation of women in the art world. Which positive changes have already been initiated and which hurdles need yet to be cleared?

Rather than reproducing further gender-based territories, the exhibition’s formal set up is aimed at creating a multi-voiced space of diverse, brilliant artistic approaches and experiences.

Artists: Yeşim Akdeniz, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Keren Cytter, Sabrina Fritsch, Ellen Gallagher, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Katharina Grosse, Nan Hoover, Franka Hörnschemeyer, Magdalena Jetelová, Rita McBride, Rissa, Analia Saban, Beate Schiff, Anna Simons, Rosemarie Trockel, Rebecca Warren, Katharina Wulff

Sammlung Philara

Birkenstraße 47a

40233 Düsseldorf, Germany


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