Art and Feminism in Italy in the 1970s

Field Seminar

  • Event Location: Germany
  • Datum: 25.02.2024
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Ort: Josef Albers Museum, Museumszentrum Quadrat, Anni-Albers-Platz 1, D - 46236 Bottrop
Art and Feminism in Italy in the 1970s
As part of the Italian Council 11 project Now We Have Seen. Women and Art in the Seventies in Italy, a thematic tour is organized at the exhibition Cooking Cleaning Caring. Care Work in the Arts since 1960, held at the Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop in cooperation with the Institute of Art History at the Ruhr University Bochum and curated by Linda Walther and Friederike Sigler with Monja Drossmann and Tonia Andresen.

The exhibition, dedicated to care work as an art subject, presents artworks by more than 40 international women artists and compiles an overview that historicizes and analyses artistic engagement with care work in a global context, making it accessible to a wide audience. The field seminar is focused particularly on the work of Italian women artists presented in the show and their reflection on gender identity and the condition of women in the Seventies.


Project supported by the Italian Council (2022), Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity, Italian Ministry of Culture.

Maria Bremer is an art historian specializing in contemporary art and exhibition history. She obtained her PhD from Freie Universität Berlin in 2017 with a dissertation on the documenta editions of the 1970s. Before joining the Art History Institute of the Ruhr University Bochum she worked as a postdoctoral researcher and Minerva Fast Track Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome (2017–2021) and as a Research associate in the ERC-funded project “OwnReality” at the German Forum for Art History in Paris (2011–2015). In her current project she explores the historiographic potential of all-women exhibitions.



Giorgia Gastaldon is assistant professor in Contemporary Art History at Università degli Studi dell’Insubria and scientific director of the Italian Council 11 project Now we have seen. Women and art in the Seventies in Italy, hosted by the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome. She received a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Udine and held different postdoctoral fellowships (Fondazione Ragghianti, University of Udine, Bibliotheca Hertziana. She also works also as an independent curator of contemporary art.

Scientific Organization: Maria Bremer, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut, Ruhr University Bochum, and Giorgia Gastaldon, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane e dell'Innovazione per il Territorio, Università degli studi dell’Insubria, Varese-Como (IT)


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