Fun Feminism

Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
Ongoing Event
© courtesy dineo seshee bopape & sfeir-semler gallery beirut/hamburg
Sat., 24 September until Sun., 19 March

Even today, works by female artists are still underrepresented in the Kunstmuseum Basel’s collection, and the same is true for leading art museums around the world. Now as before, women still need to assert their importance as protagonists of (Western) art history.
For over half a century, artists, art historians, gallerists, and curators have been working to represent female perspectives in the visual arts within exhibition spaces, museums, publications, and archives. In particular by linking feminist themes with humor, artists create works that function at once as a means of activism and a call to action. Comedy and satire are multifaceted means of expressing an artistic-feminist stance that prompt a shared, liberating laughter. As the American literary scholar bell hooks put it 20 years ago, “Feminism is for everybody.”
A selection of key works by female artists held by Kunstmuseum Basel—including Guerrilla Girls, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, and Rosemarie Trockel—anchor this group exhibition. “Fun Feminism” was born through conversation between Basel-based artists Senam Okudzeto and Claudia Müller. They approached Kunstmuseum Basel with the suggestion of looking at the collection through a feminist lens, while combatting the stereotype of feminism as humorless with an emphasis on joy, playfulness, and irreverence. This proposal gave rise to the current exhibition. It features outstanding, yet rarely shown works with a feminist subtext in the permanent collection from the late 1960s to the 1990s, as well as recent works by contemporary artists.


Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
4052 Basel