A goddess, a devil, a doll, a fetish or a wonderful creature from a dream - women were the central subject of surreal male fantasies. Often, only in the role of a companion or model, female artists could successfully penetrate the circle surrounding Andre Breton, the founder of the group of Surrealists.
However, upon closer examination, it becomes apparent that the participation of women artists in the movement was significantly greater than is generally known or reported.
Sheern Kunsthalle for the first time presents a female contribution to surrealism at a major thematic exhibition "Fantastic women: from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo
Women artists differed from their male colleagues primarily in that they had the opposite point of view: they often began to search for a (new) model of female identity, exploring their own reflection or taking on different roles. Contemporary political events, literature, and non-European myths and religions are another topic that surrealist women consider in their work.
The exhibition features about 260 impressive paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs and films of 35 artists from around the world.
This exhibition reflects a wide range of both style and content. In addition to famous women artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo or Meret Oppenheim, visitors can discover unknown but exciting artists such as Alice Rahon or Kay Sage.