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Exhibiting Women’s Art in Post-War Europe

Agata Jakubowska


This essay elaborates on women-only shows organized in post-war Europe by the associations of (women) artists that – as initial research has shown – were major initiators of this type of exhibitions during the period. It proposes a comparative analysis of operations of this type of association in three countries whose situations during and after the war differed considerably: Austria, France and Poland. The geopolitical positions of these countries and the gender politics they implemented influenced the operation of (women) artists’ associations and the organization of their annual exhibitions, but also the place they occupy in the art historical narratives.


Agata Jakubowska is Associated Professor and Deputy Director at the Department of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She is the author of On Margins of the Mirror. Female Body in the Polish Women Artists’ Works (in Polish, Poznań 2004), Multiple Portrait of the Alina Szapocznikow Oeuvre (in Polish, Poznań 2008), Awkward objects. Alina Szapocznikow (ed., Museum of Modern Art, distributed by the Chicago University Press, Warsaw 2011), All-Women Art Spaces in Europe in the Long 1970s (ed. together with Katy Deepwell, Liverpool University Press, 2018). She is currently working on a project devoted to the history of women-only exhibitions in Poland and a book on the Polish sculptor Maria Pinińska-Bereś (1931-1999).

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