Where are the great women who contributed to making history every bit as much as the great male minds? They are barely visible and just as little rooted in our awareness. “I was outraged by this already as a sixteen-year-old,” said the artist Anja Matzke, “as a young girl, I went to the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, where there was an exhibition with a series of portraits of men by Gerhard Richter. I was deeply shocked by the omnipresence of the masculine and the exclusion of women from this series.”

Opening speech by Dr. Katharina Jeorgakopulos

Materials: cotton cloth, thread, clothesline, clothespins

36 hand-embroidered portraits hung on clotheslines in the gallery space.

Marina Abramovic
Diane Arbus
Maria Callas
Ingeborg Bachmann
Pina Bausch
Marie Madeleine Sophie Blanchard
Carla Bley
Louise Josephine Bourgeois
Camille Claudel
Marie Curie
Doris Dörrie
Ray Eames

Gudrun Ensslin
Kathleen Ferrier
Anne Frank
Muriel Gardiner
Artemisia Gentileschi
Marguerite „Peggy“ Guggenheim
Zaha Hadid
Nina Hagen
Rebecca Horn
Regina Halmich
Patricia Highsmith
Janis Joplin

Else Lasker-Schüler
Astrid Lindgren
Miriam Makeba
Joni Mitchell
Meret Elisabeth Oppenheim
Niki de Saint Phalle
Romy Schneider
Patti Smith
Susan Sontag
Simone Weil
Simone Young
Pussy Riot