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Battle of the Sexes
Franz von Stuck to Frida Kahlo

24 Nov 2016–19 Mar 2017

About the Exhibition

The exhibition “Battle of the Sexes: Franz von Stuck to Frida Kahlo” shed light on the artistic investigation of gender roles from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of World War II. The traditional definition of male and female as active/passive, rational/emotional, culture/nature was heavily debated in modern art: many artists presented their viewers with overstated gender characteristics and cemented stereotypical role models in their works. Others challenged established clichés and endeavoured to subvert them with strategies such as irony, exaggeration, masquerade and blending. Featuring a selection of some 150 works of painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography and film, the large-scale exhibition project aimed to single out the especially concise artistic positions and open up a dialogue between them.

The show drew from the Städel Museum holdings whichwith paintings by Max Liebermann, Edvard Munch and Franz von Stuck, sculptures by Auguste Rodin and photographs by Frank Eugene, Man Ray and othersinclude important works on the subject. With the additional aid of important loans, the presentation placed works by well-known names in art historyfor example Gustave Moreau, Édouard Manet, Gustav Klimt, Otto Dix, Meret Oppenheim or Frida Kahloside by side with discoveries that expand the canon with the strong outlooks of such artists as Leonor Fini, Jeanne Mammen, Rudolf Jettmar or Gustav Adolf Mossa. Against the background of the intense discussion on the topic and the constantly evolving roles of woman and man, the project offered insights into the complexity of gender issues and shed light on the art historical dimension of a highly relevant socio-politic subject.

Curators: Felicity Korn (Assistant Curator of Modern Art, Städel Museum), Dr. Felix Krämer (Head of Modern Art, Städel Museum)



Sponsors & Partners

Sponsored by
Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain

With additional support from
Georg und Franziska Speyer’schen Hochschulstiftung

Media partners
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main, Cicero – Magazin für politische Kultur

Mobility partner
Deutsche Bahn

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