Taking its lead from these important founding documents of feminist art history, the exhibition 31:Women, with some sixty works from the Daimler Art Collection, brings two longstanding emphases of the collection into sharper focus. The concentration on leading female figures in twentieth- and twenty-first-century art and the research and projects conducted since 2016 on Duchamp, curatorial practice, and the readymade.
Our 31:Women show begins, in historical terms, with works from the Bauhaus and concrete art traditions, moves on to European and American movements such as Zero and Minimalism, and then broadens the horizon with younger artists from India, South Africa, Nigeria, Chile, Israel, the United States, and other countries. The exhibition brings together early feminist trends and global perspectives of contemporary art in surprising constellations and thematic stagings.
31:Women is part of a wider Daimler Art Collection project planned for the period from March 2020 to February 2021. This includes the publication of a book, Duchamp and the Women: Friendship, Cooperation, Network, and a series of lectures, supplementing and accompanying the Berlin exhibition at Daimler Contemporary. Around 60 women who shaped their time as artists, authors, gallery owners, art collectors, publishers, or designers from around 1900 to the present day will be presented in the course of this project.