Birgit Jürgenssen

all pictures © BIRGIT JÜRGENSSEN

Viennese artist BIRGIT JÜRGENSSEN didn’t reach public recognition during her lifetime. But outside the limelight, and on the quiet she created an artistic oeuvre of highly conceptual and intellectual value that ranks her today as one of the top contemporary artists. Her outstanding contribution to 20th century feminist avant-garde art has been discovered only recently and her national and international recognition is about to arrive just now. Unfortunately, due to her premature death in 2003, at age 54, BIRGIT JÜRGENSSEN could not enjoy these merits during her lifetime.

A photographer, painter, graphic artist, curator and pedagogue, she worked against the background of the body art of the 1960s with feminist and socially critical views. In her oeuvre she studied constructions of femininity, using her own body as a critical projection surface of cultural codes.

And good news: SAMMLUNG VERBUND and the Bank Austria Kunstforum invite you to the opening of the exhibition Birgit Jürgenssen Wednesday, 15. December 2010, 19:00 at Palais Ferstel, Vienna. Additionally a book published by Hatje Cantze is now available in the WFW Store!

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